Kendrapara, Aug 31 (LocalWire): Scarcity of clean drinking water in the flood-affected areas of Kendrapara district has made it a much sought after commodity for the aggrieved citizens now.
While a number of sources of clean drinking water have submerged, several other sources like tube wells have also started discharging clay-mixed and contaminated water, adding to the woes of flood affected areas.
The crisis is most severe in Desahi, Gobindapur, Palimi, Ketuapala, Aragala, Earadanga, Dimiripal, Petapada Madhuban and other villages under Aul block of the district.
Banaambar Behera (68) of village Dimiripal said, “We lost everything, house, crops. Now to save our lives we need drinking water.
We are collecting water from a partly-submerged tube-well with a great difficulty as there is no other source of drinking water,”
He and many others opine that under such circumstances it is a Herculean task to maintain social distancing.
Hundreds of people of flood-hit Aul , Rajkanika and Pattamundai blocks are faced with the dilemma of drinking contaminated water, putting them at risk of water borne diseases.
Lack of clean water is a major concern which leads to heightened risk of disease.
” said Ratikanta Sahani the Sarapanch of Baluria Gram Panchayat under Pattamundai block .
“The authorities distributed around 2,00,000 water pouches in the flood-affected villages in the district .
We instructed the rural water and sanitation (RWSS) department to provide drinking water through water tanks ,” said Sambeet Satapathy the district emergency officer of Kendrapara.