After Kerala now, it is Odisha which is turning into pools. The flood caused by the Baitarani river in Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha has seriously affected the city. All around there is water and people are using boats to travel.
It has been reported that around 6.5 lakh people are affected by the floods. Going by the numbers around 4.02 lakh people are still stuck in the Kendrapara district, from where the water level is continuously rising. 31 villages are so badly affected by the flood waters that there is no easy escape. They are almost dead. While another lot of people are affected by the flood in Jajpur district, i.e. around 1.71 lakh people.
The whole of Bhubaneshwar is swimming underwater, whereas the water level was flowing below the danger level at Akhuapada in Bhadrak and Raghat in Anandpur.
Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra, the Deputy Relief Commissioner passed a statement on Sunday noon that there is no fresh rainfall, therefore the water level at the Baitarani has started receding. He also said that “In case of inundation of any area, the collectors have been asked to take immediate steps to evacuate the people and keep them at flood shelters. They will be provided food and all necessary assistance.”
Mr. Mohapatra also said that the 10000 people living in the low-lying area of Bhubaneshwar have been evacuated and shifted to other places. Proper help and support are being provided with over 81 free kitchens functioning to cater to the needs of the affected.
There are reports emerging that around 4009 hectares of crops have been destroyed and submerged in waters and approx. 55 houses have been damaged. It has also been reported that 43 relief camps are being set up to which 6913 people have bee evacuated.
It is been coming to the news that the water level is receding and there is no fresh rainfall.