Kendrapara, August 27 (LocalWire): The flash flood in the rivers Baitarani and Brahmani and their tributaries inundated large areas of the riverside villages under Aul, Rajkanika and Pattamundai blocks in Kendrapara district on Thursday.
No loss of life was reported from any part of the district.
People living in low lying areas along the banks of the rivers have been asked to move to safer locations, said Sambeet Satapathy, the district emergency officer of Kendrapara.
A large number of villages are marooned, and the mode of transport is only through boats, which is affecting the relief assistance work as well.
The flood has damaged standing paddy crops in the worst affected areas for which the fate of a large number of farmers now hangs in the balance, said Jagannath Das of Rajkanika.
“We have lost the paddy saplings. You can see that all the crops are destroyed now.
We do not know how we will return the bank loan,” said Mahadev Jena of Bajapur.
The flood has also severely damaged large tracks of green grams, black grams, and vegetable farms across the district.
The water level in the river Kharosotra and other rivers is rising as of Thursday, for which Singhga, Jayakunda, Bajapur and 17 other villages have become marooned.
The three-kilometer-long main road from Dimiripal to Naranapur is now under four feet flood water for which the road communication has been cut off, said Ajaya Bhadra of Dimiripal.
Many mud-walled thatched houses collapsed in the swirling floodwater in many villages on Thursday.
“My three-roomed thatched house caved in on Wednesday night after floodwater gushed in the house.
Now I am residing in the village school,” said Akhil Behera of Petapada village. Many people remain confined to their homes in the flood-hit villages as floodwater flowed ankle deep on the village roads.
Around 30 houses collapsed on Wednesday night in village Mahu under Aul block.