Berhampur, August 14 (LocalWire): While rain and flood have severely affected life in Odisha, workers from the state are also feeling the impact of reeling water at their workplace in far off Kerala.
According to reports and information shared by immigrants, several Odia workers from Ganjam district are stranded in flood-hit Kerala without any work.
“Though we are not in the flood-affected areas, we do not have work for over a fortnight now with heavy rain lashing in the area continuously,” Daka Nayak, a resident of Pratapagiri village in S Gopalpur panchayat told LocalWire over the phone.
He along with several others from the village are staying at a rented house in Ernakulum taking up jobs like plumbing, painting and electric fittings.
He, however, has no information about the condition of other Odia workers based in the worst affected areas of Kerala. “Due to the incessant rains, we could not go anywhere. Moreover, the communication system was disrupted at several places due to the flood,” he said.
“Around 50 people of our panchayat are stranded in the flood-hit Kerala, while seven to eight workers living in the worst affected Mallapuram have already returned home,” S Gopalpur sarpanch Nirakar Pradhan informed.
“Several people have made distress call to us and their family members, as they have no money to buy return train tickets or for day-to-day expenses in Kerala without a job,” he said, adding that, they have apprised the district collector about the plight of Odia workers through the block development officer (BDO).
“We have requested the administration to make arrangement for their safety and if necessary their safe return,” the sarpanch stated.
Several other people of Patapur, Radhadeipur villages from the same block are also reportedly stranded in the flood-ravaged state.
Berhampur district labour officer (DLO) Babu Patra, however, said that they have no information about the Odia labourers stranded in Kerala. “None of us have been informed about it. However, we will look into it,” the DLO said.
Last year, when the southern state was hit by the devastating flood and several Odia people were in similar condition, the Government of Odisha had arranged for four special trains to enable the stranded people to return home.