Bhubaneswar, August 3 (LocalWire) Flood situation in Malkangiri district has improved as rainwater receded, allowing partial restoration of road connectivity, supported by less-than-anticipated rainfall Friday evening, according to the district administration.
The rainwater that had submerged river bridges and snapped road connectivity has climbed down.
As a result, connectivity has been restored to block headquarters such as Motu, Padia, Kalimela and Khaitipur that remained cut off from the district headquarter, Malkangiri district collector Manish Agarwal told LocalWire.
Though no loss of life has been reported so far, there are reports of nearly 60 kutcha houses damaged due to heavy downpour.
An estimated 700 hectares of agriculture fields are reported to be submerged with anticipated damage to standing crops.
The rainfall still continues in the district even as the intensity has come down.
“Though situation has improved, we are not taking any chances given the fact the IMD has sounded heavy rain forecast,” Agarwal said.
The India Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rainfall in next couple of days in southern Odisha citing twin cyclonic circulations over Bay of Bengal and a possible formation of another low pressure by Monday.
Officials in the Mathili, Khairiput, Soraput, Padia and Kalimela have been kept on alert to respond to emergency situations.
Around 3,000 people in vulnerable pockets have been evacuated to 23 temporary flood shelters.
As there is forecast of further rain, the evacuees will remain in the shelters for at least next 24 hours.
The administration has made provisions for free cooked and dry food for them.
Mobile medical teams have also been pressed into service as sizeable chunk of evacuated people comprises of children, elderly persons along with women, the district collector said.
Around 10,000 Bondas, a primitive tribal group living in the inaccessible forested and hilly terrains of Khairiput block, are safe.
A team of Khairiput block officials reached their place of habitation to extend government assistance to them.
All of them are safe although some of their kutcha houses were partially damaged by heavy downpour, the district official said.