Bhubaneswar, Oct 25:
Floods triggered by low pressure induced rains wreaked havoc in cyclone-hit Ganjam and other coastal districts of Odisha, leaving 10 persons dead and lakhs marooned as helicopters launched rescue operations today.
Of the ten deaths, four members of a family, including an infant, were killed in wall collapse in Jagatsinghpur district while four others were swept away in floods in Ganjam district, Special Relief Commissioner, P K Mohapatra said.
“Four persons, including a three-month-old baby, were killed due to wall collapse in Jagatsinghpur municipality area,” Jagatsinghpur district collector S K Mallick said.Earlier, two persons had died in wall collapse in Ganjam district.
Mohapatra said that around 85,000 persons have been evacuated to safety so far.
Three helicopters began rescue operation in Ganjam district where the situation remained a cause of concern as rivers Rushikulya and Ghodahada were in spate, the SRC said.
Helicopters were also being used to evacuate people taking shelter on rooftops in Ganjam district where above one lakh people were marooned, Revenue and Disaster Management minister S N Patro said.
All the rivers in Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Nayagarh districts were overflowing, he said.
Describing the flood situation in Ganjam as grim, Patro said thousands of people were trapped by flood waters in Aska, Sorada, Hinjili, Sergarh, Belaguntha, Rangeilunda blocks as also in Gajapati district.
Flood water gushed into more villages in Ganjam district and above one lakh people were marooned, he said. “As a large number of people are taking shelter on rooftops of different buildings in Ganjam district, we are planning to use chopper to rescue the affected people,” Patro said.
“We have rescued at least nine persons taking shelter on a tree near Aska after last mid-night. Personnel of NDRF and ODRF are deployed in rescue operation,” said Ganjam collector Kishan Kumar.
The collector said many places have now become inaccessible. “The relief team can reach the affected people once the water recedes,” he said. Though the district administration has evacuated above 40,000 people, another one lakh people remained marooned. Rivers like Rusikulya, Bansadhara and Ghodahada are rising due to non-stop rain for the last five days. The state government has announced closure of schools and colleges in coastal districts in view of the flood. (PTI)