Berhampur, August 19 (LocalWire): More houses in Ramayapatna, a sea-shore village in Ganjam district’s Chikiti tehsil have been damaged due to the high tide.
As many as 27 houses in the village have partially collapsed during the last one week, official sources said and at least ten more houses were on the verge of collapse if the high tidal wave lashed out at the beach.
The district administration distributed polythene sheets to the affected persons on Sunday.
The fishing village of around 500 families is in the grip of panic as the houses collapsed due to the rapid sea erosion and a team led by Berhampur sub-collector SD Bhausaheb visited the village to take stock of the situation on Saturday.
Bhausaheb also appealed to the local residents to shift to the new houses that they were allotted at Chandrabedha, about one-and-half-km away from their house, under the Odisha Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP).
According to Sonepur revenue inspector Girija Bhusan Mallick, all residents who had thatched house in the village were provided the pucca houses under ODRP.
While over 331 families of the village have been allotted pucca houses under the scheme, only a few of the families have shifted their base to the ODRP colony.
“Several families prefer to live in Ramayapatna as the village is nearer to the sea and it makes it easier for fishing,” village committee member L Bhogiraju said, adding that not every villager had got the houses under the ODRP.