Kendrapara, August 31 (LocalWire): A large number of the flood-hit villages in Kendrapara are currently without electricity for which they are facing many problems.
“The devastating floods have swept away electric poles, wires and other infrastructure, plunging areas into darkness and turning back the clock many decades.
A big problem is sanitation and hygiene in the flood hit areas; hundreds of latrines are submerged under floodwater which is causing many problems for women.
“Women have to wait for the dark and defecate in the open in the night,” said Jhularani Sethi, the Sarpanch of Gamu Gram Panchayat under Bari block in Jajpur district.
As night descends in the flood-hit areas, the villages become sheets of darkness.
A trip to Serapur, a flood affected village under Bari block, is like a journey back in time. It has no power.
“We are living in darkness with floods up to our necks.
We only pray that light will come to our village soon as the authorities have promised to repair the damaged electric poles,” said one of the villagers, Ramesh Ojha of Penthapala under Pattamundai block.
Many flood-affected villagers are now staying in makeshift huts on the river embankments and other higher places to save themselves from the flood water.
For the women, too, the absence of power means that most household chores are to be completed before dark.
“It becomes very difficult after it gets dark. We have to either burn candles or lamps.
When it is windy, even keeping them burning near the hearths becomes very difficult,” said Mamata Das of village Namatara under Rajkanika block, who along with the six members of her family is residing in a makeshift tent on the river embankment.
Flood affected villagers of Benipur were cut off from the mainland after the river Birupa breached the embankments at Benipur under Derabishi block on Friday.
Floodwater has entered the electric sub-station as a result of which the areas have plunged into darkness since Friday.
Life has become tough for residents without electricity, said Parikhita Behera of Benipur.
Most parts of the flood-hit Aul, Rajkanika, Marsaghai, Garadapur, and Pattamundai blocks in the district remained plunged in darkness since Friday due to flood.
When contacted, Sambeet Satapathy, the district emergency officer of Kendrapara said, “2.60 Lakh people of 160 villages have been affected by the floods in the district.
Floodwater entered into many electric sub-stations, grids and transformers for which the villagers are not getting electricity.
The authorities will restore power supply after the receding of the floodwater.”