Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 13:
In spite of substantial improvement in the flood situation, there is no end to the misery of 1,30,913 people of 139 villages in five districts of Odisha, who are still marooned.
Briefing the media today, deputy relief commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra said of the 139 marooned villages, 115 are in Puri district.
He also informed that Baleswar district is under the grip of a second round of flood qith floodwater of Subarnarekha marooning over 20 villages of Baliapal block, 30 villages of Bhogarai block and 15 villages of Jaleswar block.
He said flood had recurred in the district due to the release of floodwater of Subarnarekha from the Galudih dam in Jharkhand and difficulty in the release of floodwater in the sea due to high tide.
To a question on post-flood measures taken by the state government in other areas where the situation has substantially improved, Mohapatra said disinfection of tube wells in these areas was being taken up on a war footing while medical teams had been pressed into service to provide first-aid to the ailing people.
Meanwhile, with the inflow of less water in the Mahanadi, the Hirakud dam authorities have closed another four gates of the reservoir.
At 6 PM today, the water level in the reservoir was 618.43 feet. While the inflow of water into the reservoir was 2,07,259 lakh cusecs per second, 2,40, 631 lakh cusecs of water per second was being released through 14 gates.