Flood situation in Odisha’s Jajpur, Kendrapara districts remains grim

BHUBANESWAR: The flood situation in Odisha’s Jajpur and Kendrapara districts continues to be grim.

The people in several villages under 14 gram panchayats of Pattamundai Block in Kendrapara district and eight GPs of Aul block continue to remain marooned.

In Kendrapara district, the situation is grim as Brahmani and Kusabhadra rivers are flowing above the danger level at Patrapur, Alava and Indupur.

Seven people had lost their lives in the floods with three deaths reported in Jajpur district and two each in Kalahandi and Malkangiri districts.

Over two lakh people have been affected in the flood in Brahmani river, official sources said.

A report by the sub-collector and the block development officer (BDO) of worst hit Bari block in Jajpur district, said that the water level in Brahmani river has receded by two- feet, but water logging in habitations is there due to breach of the river embankment.

The Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office said free kitchen is being opened at 35 centres in Bari to feed the people evacuated from their houses. Green fodder has also been given for cattle, they said, adding that the power supply to the affected villages remained disrupted in Bari.

The administration was planning to provide power boats to ferry the people from marooned areas in Manpur in Aul block and Srirampur in Pattamundai block. Besides, steps have been taken to supply drinking water in the flood-hit areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an one-day visit to Assam on Tuesday to discuss a permanent solution to the flood problem in the state every year.

“The prime minister’s visit is mainly to find a permanent solution to the flood problem that Assam is facing,” state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said at a press conference here.

He will hold two series of discussions here during the day and will leave for Delhi in the evening, he added.

The first meeting will be with the council of ministers and state officials. After that, the prime minister will address a meeting of NDA legislatures from BJP, BPF and AGP,” Sarma said.

Asked about the state’s demand, Sarma said Assam has enough funds.

“We still have Rs 324 crore of unspent money. Last year the Centre had announced Rs 400 crore (for Assam), but did not send it because we had money,” he added.

Sarma, however, said the state government will submit a memorandum with some demands.
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