Mayurbhanj, August 26 (LocalWire): Heavy rains due to the low pressure in north Bay of Bengal has caused the roof of a house to collapse in Mayurbhanj district, killing an elderly woman and injuring her 25-year-old daughter.
Nandini Munda, 60, hailing from Mohuliasuli village died in her sleep, as the roof of her house collapsed around 4 am due to the heavy rain.
Her daughter, Shrimati Munda, was critically injured in the incident.
Shrimati Munda was admitted to Karanjia Sub-Divisional Hospital, whence she was later shifted to Keonjhar district headquarters hospital.
One Snehalata Mohapatra, 62, hailing from Vimda village was reportedly found missing after she was trying to cross a bridge over the river Gangahar.
It is speculated that the heavy gushing of the river may have swept her away; when the firefighter team reached the bridge, water was flowing 3 feet high over it.
The house of S. K. Rehaman of Madhuban ward no. 7 within Bariapada municipality collapsed after flood water from the river Budhabalanga entered it.
Apart from the major incidents, more than 60 families of Madhuban ward close to the Budhabalanga river were shifted to flood shelters.
Much property such as house belongings, electronic gadgets, stocked rice sacks of the residents of ward no 17, 10, 3 and 1 and 7 got damaged after the flood water of river Jarali and Sarali entered the houses.
Around 150 families who were living in low lying areas in the ward did not sleep the whole night as they were rescuing their belongings; those which were left behind were swept away by water.
The municipality and district administrations evacuated nearly 150 families living in low lying areas.
Communication channels between Badashi and Udala, Kuamara-Badasahi, Badasahi-Udala, Betnoti-Udala and Chitrada-Amarda were disconnected as the water of rivers Gangahar and Jambhira flowed above culverts, bridges and roads.
District Emergency Officer Sujay Kumar Pati informed that one casualty and one missing case were reported from the district.
The Baripada municipality had been asked to provide cooked food to shifted people.
The executive officer of Baripada municipality P Anvesha Reddy along with ADM Vivekandan Sahoo visited the water-logged areas.
When contacted, Collector Vineet Bhardwaj informed that around 150 families in Baripada town had been evacuated and are now living in shelter houses and near schools.
Tarpaulin, dry food and cooked food had been provided to them. The district administration has asked the BDOs, Tehsildars and other officers to report from time to time about the isolated areas.
As per district meteorology department report, the water level in river Budhabalanga crosses the danger level at 29.9 meters, of which it is currently at 29.46 meters.