Because of incessant rain, at least 46 panchayats of six blocks affected by floods

The weather god seems to have turned his ire on people of Ganjam district. Already reeling under the impact of Cyclone Phailin, people of the district are at the receiving end again with incessant rain for the last three days leading to a flood-like situation in the area.

As per reports on Thursday afternoon, at least 46 panchayats of six blocks had been affected by floods, and by night all the 22 blocks of the district would be flood-affected, official sources said. Rains have resulted in the death of at least five persons. But none of the deaths has been officially confirmed. Four of the deaths are said to have occurred in the Khallikote, Dharakote, and Kavisuryanagar areas due to wall collapse. One person is said to have been washed away by the floodwaters near Karadakana village.

Speaking to The Hindu , Ganjam collector Krishen Kumar said the water level was on the rise at an alarming rate to reach the verge of flooding in Ghodahada, Baghua, Badanadi, and Bahuda river systems. So, all the Block Development Officers (BDO) had been directed to take immediate measures to evacuate people from the low-laying areas and provide them shelter in upper storeys of any available concrete building. The evacuated families would be provided dry food during night. It is the second evacuation of families in the district this month. The last one was when Phailin hit the coast. By Friday morning, eight Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams and 10 National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) teams would be deployed in the flood-prone areas.

The ODRAF teams have already been deployed. Four NDRF teams have rushed to Chikiti, Hinjli, Purushottampur, and Aska areas.

“As road communication between Berhampur and Aska has snapped because of 10-ft-deep water running over a culvert near Nalabanta, the NDRF team is facing a problem in reaching Aska. Six more NDRF teams would reach Ganjam district by Friday morning,” the Collector said. He said efforts were under way to get two more ODRAF teams to Ganjam district.

The sudden flood after the cyclone has totally disrupted relief, restoration, and reconstruction work. Floods at this juncture would compound the plight of the affected people as all partially damaged houses are going to be totally ravaged by the floods.

Crops that survived the cyclonic storm would be completely damaged, official sources said.

“Water-borne diseases would be the greatest challenge after the floods as all measures of sanitation in the cyclone-ravaged areas have been washed away by the rains, and the condition would deteriorate drastically after the floods,” the Collector said.

Livestock that survived the cyclone would also be affected by the floods.

Rains have resulted in the death of at least five persons

Four of them are said to have died in wall collapse

None of the deaths has been officially confirmed

Water levels rising at an alarming rate in the river systems

BDOs directed to evacuate people from low-laying areas

It is the second evacuation of families this month

Eight ODRAF and 10 NDRF teams to be deployed in

flood-prone areas

Water-borne diseases pose a challenge after the floods,

says Collector