Orissa to construct 50 flood shelters

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 27 (UNI) The Orissa Government today decided to construct 50 more permanent flood shelters in the state at a cost of Rs 23 crore.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today.

Official sources said donations by various institutions and individuals to the Chief Minister's relief fund in the wake of the 2008 flood would be utilised for the construction of the flood shelters.

The double-storeyed flood shelters would serve as schools in the normal period and as shelters during the flood.

Generators would be installed to supply power in these shelters and tubewells would be installed to provide safe drinking water.

The Chief Minister had directed the officials to complete the flood shelters before the onset of the coming rainy season.

Among others, Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal and Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy were present at the meeting.

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