Kendrapara, Sept 17 (LocalWire): An inter-ministerial Central Government team on Thursday visited flood-affected Bari, Dasarathapur and Binjharapur blocks of Jajpur district to assess the extent of damages caused by the natural calamity.
The team was led by Praveen Vashisht, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Collector of Jajpur, Chakravarti Singh Rathore, informed the team that the rivers Brahmani and Baitarini had breached the embankments at 30 places in the district.
While nearly 40,000 kutcha houses, huts and cowsheds caved in the floods, 1108 schools, anganwadis and government buildings were damaged, according to the collector’s report.
People of 1,244 villages were affected by the floods, while 10 persons lost their life in the deluge. Nearly 500 kilometers length of roads have been damaged.
The team also assessed the damage to crops and reviewed the progress of the restoration work in the flood-affected villages.
“We will begin clearing the sand from the fields in order to sow vegetable seeds as soon as the breaches are plugged,” Said Sarat Behera, a farmer of Bari.
“The paddy crop has been lost as all the saplings were destroyed. We are troubled about how we will return the bank loans,” said Ranjan Pradhan, a farmer of Binjharapur to the team members.
The team also visited the flood-hit blocks of Derabishi, Aul, Rajkanika and Pattamundai in Kendrapara district.
Large tracts of the paddy fields are still under knee-deep water after the floodwater has begun receding in the worst-hit villages of Kolathia, Penthapala, Balikira, Taradipala and Alapua under Pattamundai block.
“Sand-cast is a major problem in many flood-affected areas as the flood water has deposited sands on the agricultural land.
It would take farmers another year to clear the sands from their land,” said Ramachandra Das of village Bharigada to the team members.
Talking with media-persons, the team assured all cooperation and assistance, particularly with regards to the loss of livelihood and damage to infrastructure.