Kendrapara, September 6 (LocalWire): Derabishi, Marsaghai, Mahakalapada, Aul, Pattamundai and Rajkanika blocks of the district, which were ravaged by the floods and remained underwater for eight days, now face the possibility of the outbreak of malaria, diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases.
“Large numbers of flood-hit villagers of our Patarapur village under Aul block have been suffering from acute water shortage since last week.
Due to the submergence of many tube wells, we have been using the contaminated water from water sources.
The scarcity will be multiplied by many times in the coming days.
Around ten villagers including five children of our village are now suffering from fever,” said Ashok Nayak of Patarapur village.
The rampant water-borne disease is spreading its tentacles as gastroenteritis has become a recurring problem in many villages in the flood.
The unprecedented scarcity of drinking water compounded the problem forcing the flood-hit people to consume water from polluted sources as the authorities have failed to provide drinking water in many villages, alleged Amiya Rout of Dandisahi under Pattamundai block.
Around 5.35 Lakh people in the district have been affected in the flood.
Mahendra Rout of Manapur village has been going to nearby village Narendrapur since last Friday to collect a bucket of drinking water from a tube well.
“I need drinking water for my two children. Some of the villagers are suffering from water-borne diseases for which I trek one kilometre daily to collect the drinking water,” added Mahendra.
“Water supply centers and water treatment plants at Pattamundai, Rajkanika, Aul and other areas have been submerged in the flood for which the flood-hit people are not getting drinking water.
We will soon repair all the water supply centers to provide water to them,” said an official of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) department.
“We have opened health centers in the flood-hit areas. Doctors and para-medical staff have already visited the flood-affected areas and distributed ORS – and anti-diarrhoea medicines to the affected people,” said Sambeet Satapathy, the District Emergency Officer of Kendrapara.