Jagatsinghpur, October 10 (Local Wire) With cyclone storm ‘Titli’ triggering heavy rainfall and stormy winds in coastal districts of Odisha, the people of Jagatsinghpur district are haunted by the memories of devastation caused by last month’s heavy rainfall and entry of saline water from sea to coastal villages due to depletion of mangrove trees and cutting of lakhs of trees during land acquisition of Posco project.
The residents of Paradip, Kujang, Erasama have not panicked for the devastation caused by the last cyclone because it is being done nature.
The manmade devastation has brought panic among the residents of the port city and coastal villages of Kujang and Erasama areas.
Last month, heavy downpour since two days had wreaked havoc in different slums, residents in port city as well as different villages of Paradepgarh, Bhutmundei, Biswali, Gandikipur, Fethpur and other panchyats of Kujang block because residents were living in low-lying areas and confined to hutments for three to four days due to rainwater on drainage.
Slum dwellers of Brundaban colony, Nuabazar, Madhuban, Bhuiyan Colony, Bhanj colony, Lokanath Colony, Mundapada and Trinath colony were not much bothered.
They are not bothered by any cyclonic storm because we had experienced a super cyclone in 1999 and also Cyclone Phailin in 2013.
“We pray to God not to repeat such last month’s heavy rainfall because it gives us pain as no officials turn to see our plight,” said Keluni Behra, hailing from Trinath colony.
Deputy Collector (emergency) Manorama Jalli said the administration had been taken all elaborate arrangements to combat the situation.
Control rooms have been opened in each block and essential commodities including sandbags have been stocked to meet any eventuality, she added.