Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, July 31:
About a dozen villages on the Bonda hills in Odisha’s Malkangiri district have remained cut-off from the rest of the world for the last four days as landslides triggered by heavy downpour blocked all approach roads to these villages, district officials said.
Mud and boulders from the hills driven by landslides have blocked the only road between Andrahal panchayat and Mudulipada since Monday snapping all communication links with the remote area, the officials said.
Sub-Collector Nruparaj Sahu said; “As the only road remains blocked, the area remains cut-off and vehicular movement is not possible at present”.
Sahu claimed that a team from the district administration had visited the affected area in Andrabahal in Khairput block and had provided the residents with dry food and other essential articles.
However, locals denied that any team had visited their villages while some complained of suffering from fever.
“District authorities are yet to construct the culvert at Badbel, which was washed away by rains last year,” they told visiting newsmen.
Malkangiri collector D Prasant Kumar Reddy said it was not possible to clear the debris immediately in view of the heavy rainfall in the area. “No contractors are ready to offer services of their equipment to clear the debris due to observance of Martyrs Week by the Maoists,” he said.
Reddy said a medical team was dispatched to the area today through an alternate route and steps are being taken to restore normal traffic to Andrahal by clearing the debris as soon as the weather improves.
Traffic on the 12-km road between Mudulipada and Andrahal was snapped for almost a month during last monsoon as the culvert near Badbel was washed away due to heavy rains.