Kendrapara, Sept 12 (LocalWire): Incessant rain and flash flood in the Kharosotra and Kani rivers and their tributaries marooned several riverside villagers in the district.
Flash floods inundated large tracts of the riverside villages of Rajkanika, Aul and Pattamundai blocks of Kendrapara district and its nearby areas.
The flood-affected villages are now depending on rickety country boats to reach the main land and the villagers complained about the slow pace of relief efforts.
The water level in the Kharosotra and others is rising today for which Gobindapur, Ketuapala, Juania, Desahi, Zeradanga, Palimi, Petapada, Aragala, Sansida and other villages are marooned.
‘Large areas of Aul are also now under water.
The three kilometer-long main road from Dimiripal to Naranapur is under four feet water and road communication has been cut off,’ said Ashok Bhadra of Dimiripal.
Embankments in several places are also on the verge of collapse due to the sub-standard repair work and villagers are spending sleepless nights.
Farmers had planted paddy saplings and vegetables two months ago.
But the flood water damaged most of these saplings in the low areas of villages.
‘If the paddy saplings are under water for two to three days, they will rot,’ said Parameswar Behera, a farmer from Gobindapur village.
‘We have lost paddy and vegetable crops and are worried how to return the bank loan,’ said Narahari Biswal of Ketuapala village.
‘The authorities deployed boats to rescue flood-affected villagers.
We stocked dry food and other relief items in all the gram panchayats.
The cyclone shelters and many school buildings have been converted into temporary shelters for the flood-affected people.
We directed the block agriculture officers and district horticulture officer to submit a detailed report about the crop loss.
After getting the report, we will provide help to the affected farmers,’ said the district emergency officer, Sambeet Satapathy.