Bhubaneswar: Over two hundred villages were marooned and fifty thousand people affected as two major rivers on Tuesday breached in Odisha.
While the river Baitarani breached at Patapur under Dasarathpur in Jajpur district, the flood waters of Sathie Bankuda washed away the river embankment at Bhadrak, inundating periphery villages.
Reports from the western Odisha district of Baragarh said flood waters of Jeera river entered the district headquarters town, forcing the people to take shelter on rooftops.
According to state special relief commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, nearly 15,000 people were shifted to safer places by the rescue teams.
“The government has taken all possible steps to protect the life and property of the people. Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and National Disaster Response Force have been sent to vulnerable areas to assist the administration in relief and rescue operations,” the SRC Mr Mohapatra said.
Jajpur district collector A.K. Samal said the around 50 villages were affected by the 150-feet Baitarani river breach at Patpur.
“The district administration has moved about 10,000 people to cyclone shelters, schools and other high-rise buildings. Efforts are on to rescue 10-15 people stranded on rooftops,” Mr Samal said.
Reports from Kalahandi district said flood situation improved a little as water level in the overflowing Hati river started receding on Tuesday.
“There are no rains in the state since the morning. We hope the flood situation would improve in the next 24 hours,” the SRC said. At least three people have died in the current Odisha floods.
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