Berhampur, August 30 (LocalWire): With fresh high tidal wave lashing for last two days, panic has gripped villagers of Ramayapatna, a seaside village in Ganjam district’s Chikiti block.
The villagers are in panic mode since the tidal waves have caused further damage to the houses that suffered due to sea-erosion a fortnight ago.
“Two rooms in my house were damaged 15 days ago. One more room of the damaged house collapsed on Wednesday due to the fresh tidal wave,” a local villager L Bhogiraju said.
L Lokanath and L Ramesh, both fishermen from the same village, have similar stories to tell. “Some of my household articles were also washed away in the sea, as we could not save these when the room collapsed,” Bhogiraju stated.
Since 8 August, as many as 27 houses have collapsed and partially washed away due to the rapid sea erosion in this fishing dominated village.
According to Raju, another 50 houses located close to the sea is also on the verge of collapse. “We are very much in panic as the sea has been very rough in the last two days. The tidal wave is likely to be higher on Friday due to Amavasya (new moon day),” Lokesh said.
He further informed that at least ten coconut trees in the village have been washed due to erosion.
Meanwhile, the Ganjam district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange and Berhampur sub-collector SD Bhausaheb visited the village on Wednesday afternoon to take stock of the situation.
“Around 70% of the families in the village have been provided houses under the Odisha Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP) and they have been shifted,” the collector said, adding that those who have not got the house under ODRP, and are living in vulnerable condition would be provided the houses under Biju Pucca Gahara Yojana.
“We have asked the block development officer (BDO) and tehsildar to identify such families in the village,” the collector said.
He further said that the district administration would write to the government seeking the sanction of houses under BPGY for this village. Stone-packing and plantation of casuarinas would also be taken up, he stated.
The fisherman dominated village has around 450 families. Of them, 331 families have got houses under the ODRP, sources said