Reported by Sandeep Sahu
Bhubaneswar, Oct 16:
The flood situation in Balasore district improved marginally on Wednesday. But 647 villages in the worst hit Balasore district on the northern coast of the state continued to remain marooned in the district.
In deep waters. Pic courtesy The Hindu
“With no rains in the upper reaches in the last 24 hours, the water level in Subarnarekha river has just gone below the danger level of 10.36 meters. It was 10.30 meters at 2 pm,” revenue divisional commissioner (RDC), central range Arabinda Padhee, deputed by the state government to oversee rescue and relief operations in Balasore, told OST over phone.
Water is receding in most areas making it possible to reach villages marooned for the last two days and providing food and other relief material to the affected people, Padhee said. “We have stopped air dropping of food packets since a lot of it went waste. We are reaching out to the water-logged villages through boats and, wherever possible, by road,” he said.
Rescue and relief teams have managed to reach a majority of the 68, 000 people who were marooned till yesterday after water started receding, the official claimed.
Cooked food was being served to nearly 96, 000 people while polythene and dry rations are being provided to the people affected by floods, Padhee said.
“We are also despatching medical teams with ORS packets and halogen tablets to take care of possible post-flood diseases due to consumption of polluted water,” the RDC said.
He, however, agreed that the situation could worsen again if there are rains in the upper reaches of Subarnarekha, which originates in Jharkhand. “The impending full moon is certainly not helping the release of flood water into the sea,” he said.