Bhubaneswar, Oct 30:
Incessant rains triggered by low pressure in the fourth week of this month leading to floods in several rivers in the state have extensively damaged rural roads and taken a heavy toll on rural connectivity.
A little over Rs 200 crore is needed for its repair and restoration.
A total 557 number of rural roads with a cumulative length of 1389 km in 19 rural works divisions spread over Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Nayagarh, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts have been submerged, said an official press release.
The nonstop rains that lashed the state from 21st to 26th of this month resulting in floods in Rusikulya, Vansadhara, Baitarani, Budhabalanga, Subarnarekha and other rivers severely damaged roads and embankments in 13 districts.
The release said while 329 breaches have been identified, 1094 bridges and culverts have been damaged. The repair and restoration work in these cases would require an estimated Rs. 206.2 crore, official sources said.