Jajpur, September 5 (LocalWire): Two more youths drowned in the floodwaters in Jajpur district on Saturday while close to ten lakh people from across the district remain affected despite an improvement in the deluge situation across the district.
Two youths of Meghuakula village under Bari block drowned while they were crossing the river Bramhani in a makeshift boat made from banana logs.
They slipped away from the banana logs and drowned in the river.
Some locals with the help of firemen fished out their bodies.
Both the deceased have been identified as Subhrajit Behera, 24, and his cousin Mitu Behera, 28.
With this, the total number of people losing their lives in the recent flood has gone up to 12 in the district and six in the worst flood hit Bari block, said Umesh Chandra Lenka the District Emergency Officer of Jajpur.
9,95,947 people of 836 villages under 186 Gram Panchayats are hit by floods in Dasarathpur, Bari, Korei, Binjharapur, Dharamsala, Sukinda, Jajpur, Barachana, Danagadi and Rasulpur blocks of the district.
River Bramhani and Baitarani and their tributaries breached embankments and roads at 30 places in the district. 22,406 cows, cattle and other livestock perished in the deluge, added the officer.
The million-dollar question before the flood victims, however, is how soon will the breaches be repaired, and will the river return to its old course.
Shortage of food, clothing and essential medicines seems to be the biggest problem facing the flood victims.
Those displaced by the flooding are not expected to be able to return to their homes for another week while the embankment is repaired and the river moves back to its normal course.
Children in these situations are especially vulnerable. They are most at risk from disease and suffer physical and mental distress from being moved from their homes to relief camps, said Basant Mallick of Dasarathapur.
The district administration has started works on a war footing to provide house building assistance to the affected persons.
The authorities are taking photos of damaged houses along with the owners for which it would be an easy task for us to provide money to affected persons to rebuild their houses.
All the breaches will be mended soon, said Ranjan Kumar Das the collector of Jajpur.