Kendrapara, August 19 (LocalWire): Hundreds of mud-walled thatched houses collapsed as heavy rain lashed Kendrapara district for the last four days.
Rainwater inundated low-lying areas and choked sewerage systems in many areas.
“My three-roomed thatched house caved in on Tuesday due to incessant rain.
Now I am residing in the village school,” said Janardan Mandal of Batighar village.
People remained confined to their homes in Fakirabad, Ranapada, Dilarapur, Kakata, Tinimuhani, Santasahi and other localities within Kendrapada town on Wednesday as the rain water entered their houses. It also damaged the roads and caused water-logging at many places.
Rainwater entered the offices of the Lift Irrigation department and the Tahsildar at Kendrapara on Wednesday.
Employees were working in the waterlogged offices; files and computers had to be moved to safer places.
The civic body is pumping the rainwater from the offices. Kendrapara college and the residential office of the collector have turned into virtual pools, reflecting poorly on the area’s drainage system.
Water-logging in the roads of Kendrapara, Pattamundai and Rajnagar led to heavy traffic snarls, while houses in the low-lying areas were inundated.
Several by-lanes of Marsaghai and Mahakalapada areas are now under knee-deep water as roads remain submerged under stagnant rainwater.
Without an outlet for drainage, the water accumulating on the roads takes three to four days to recede, said Parikhita Behera of Marsaghai.
Continuous rainfall has increased the threat of flooding for the riverside villages of Aul, Pattamundai and Rajkanika blocks in the district.
Large tracts of crop fields were salinized with tidal waves spilling over in the seaside villages under Rajnagar and Mahakalapada blocks of the district.
Tidal waves transgressed the weak saline embankments at many places as low pressure over the Bay of Bengal caused heavy rains.
In an emergency meeting, the district administration on Wednesday assessed the impact of flooding due to incessant rains as gushing waters threatened to swallow more villages in vulnerable parts of the district.
The district administration has stocked rice, flattened rice, molasses, kerosene and other items in all the Gram Panchayat offices and in the block headquarters to provide help to the affected people.
All the government officials of the district have been directed by the district administration not to leave their respective headquarters, said Samarth Verma, the collector of Kendrapara.