Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 31:
The Odisha government today said there has been slight improvement in the flood situation in the five northern districts of the state after four days.
Talking to the media here, Water Resources secretary Pradip Kumar Jena said floodwaters had receded in most parts of Baleswar, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Keonjhar and Jajpur districts while the water level in Baitarani, Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga and Jalaka rivers are flowing below the dander mark.
He said his department has completed the repair work of all breached embankments in two days.
Asked whether there would be further improvement in the flood situation, Jena said collectors and SPs of these districts have been asked to stay on high alert since the Met office has forecast heavy rainfall in the North Odisha districts in the next 24 hours under the influence of a Deep Depression which is now 360 km off the Baleswar coast.
Reports reaching here, however, said the flood situation in Jajpur and Baleswar districts still remains grim.
In Jajpur district, more than 100 villages have been affected as the floodwater of Baitarani and its tributaries has entered these villages. Besides, crops in about 10,000 hectares of agricultural land have been damaged.
Thousands of people in Jajpur and Dasarathpur blocks have been affected following two breaches while more than 4000 people of Sathia Tikiri village of Simulia panchayat have been surrounded by floodwaters for four days.
In Baleswar district, people of more than 100 villages have been affected by flood. Besides, there has been massive crop damage in these areas. More than 32,000 people in about 115 villages under Jaleswar, Bhogarai, Baliapal and Basta blocks have been badly affected while floodwater has surrounded 60 villages.
Reports from Bhadrak district said people of 150 villages have been affected by flood. Several villages under Chandbali block have been affected following a 20-feet breach at Dohara.
Though there has been a slight improvement in flood situation in Mayurbhanj district, the plight of the people remains miserable. Reports from Baripada said people in the low-lying areas near Astia bridge have taken shelter under the open sky as floodwaters have entered the area.
Besides, floodwaters have submerged thousands of acres of agricultural lands in Badasahi, Betnati, Saraskana and Bisoi areas of the district.