Berhampur, August 8 (LocalWire): The flood-like situation in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal districts improved after the water level of several rivers started receding but the road communication remained disrupted for the second day today.
Vehicular traffic in several interior areas of Mohana, Rayagada and Kasinagara blocks of Gajapati district were affected after approach and diversion roads were washed away in at least eight places.
Most of the people who were shifted to safer places yesterday after river Vansadhara crossed its danger mark at Kasinagara, have since returned home.
Presently, 265 people are residing in shelter homes. Free kitchen was provided to them at four places.
The water level of Vansadhara at Kasinagara, which was flowing above the red mark in the morning, had receded by afternoon.
‘Situation is improving as water has receded. Officials are assessing the damage. It will take a day to assess the exact damage caused by heavy rains,’ said Gajapati Collector Anupam Saha.
Similarly, the traffic between Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts continued to be affected as the diversion road of National Highway 59 at Mandalapadara in Kandhamal district’s Tumudibandh block had washed away.
The old culvert near Sirla in the block which had collapsed due to heavy rains is yet to be repaired.
‘The road communication between Baliguda to Tumudibandh, however, was restored,’ said block development officer (BDO), Tumudibandh, Jayadev Das.
Tumudibandh was one of the worst-affected blocks in Kandhamal district due to heavy rains for the last three days.
In Ganjam district, road communication between Berhampur and Bhanjangar via Belaguntha was disrupted today after a diversion road at Chadheyapalli near Belaguntha on State Highway 30 was washed away by Boda river yesterday night.
Superintendent engineer, Works department, Berahmpur circle Binod Padhy said, ‘the diversion would be repaired as soon as the water level of Boda decreased.’