Kendrapara, October 12 (Local Wire) Seawater has entered into the villages living close to the shore in Kendrapara district following high tide on Wednesday night and Thursday morning due to cyclonic storm Titli.
Many villagers were under the grip of panic after seawater entered their villages.
In Satabhaya and Kanhupur around ten houses were destroyed when the waves rose to five feet.
Many fishermen moved boats and other fish-gears to safety and abstained from fishing.
Heavy tides caused damage to ten boats at the fishing jetty at Kharinashi, said Abhiram Mandal, a fisherman of Kharinashi.
A large number of prawn farm owners have been illegally damaging the saline embankments to allow the flow of seawater into their farms in the seaside villages to breed shrimps. But the authorities are not taking any actions against them.
Many government officials and politicians are hand-in-glove with the prawn mafias for which the authorities are shielding them, said Jagannath Rout of Rajnagar.
When contacted, Sanjaya Mishra the Sub- Collector of Kendrapada said the district administration directed Block Developments Officers to submit a report about the saline ingress in the seaside villages.
Seawater often enters in the seaside villages during the high tide period due to non-repair of the saline embankments and sub-standard sluice gates.
About 45 sluice gates and a major portion of the saline embankments in the seaside villages of Rajnagar and Mahakalapada blocks of the district are on the verge of collapse.
But the authorities have yet to repair, alleged Jagabandhu Nayak, the former chairman of Rajnagar block.
Incessant rains for the last three days caused havoc and threw normal life out of gear in the district due to Titli.
The heavy rain inundated low-lying areas at Pattamundai, Rajnagar, Aul, Rajkanka, Patkura, Derabishi, and Mahakalapada areas.
Many people confined to their homes at Fakirabad, Ranapada, Dilarapur, Kakata, Badahat, Santasahi, and other localities within Kendrapara town as the rainwater entered their houses.