Bhadrak: As many as nine panchayats have been inundated in Bhadrak district on Sunday as Baitarani River breached the danger mark at Akhuapada, flooding Bhandaripokhari and Dhamnagar blocks.
As per reports, the water level rose above the danger mark of 17.83 to 18.10 metre today. Due to incessant rain in the upper catchments in the last few days, the water of Baitarani River flowed above the danger level at Akhuapada.
The floodwater has crossed over the Kantighai embankment and entered Maninathpur, Solampur, Biroli, Barahanuapada, Mudhapada and Rahania panchayats in Bhandaripokhari block submerging vast stretches of paddy fields and agricultural lands.
Road communication between Bhandaripokhari and Jajpur has been snapped as the floodwater is flowing four feet above the Sartanala bridge between Malada and Jajpur.
Similarly, flood water also engulfed four panchayats of Dhamnagar block through Gourangpur Escape and Mallikapur Escape submerging hundreds of acres of paddy fields.
This apart, the newly constructed Jamsera bridge in Rourkela has been washed away in the flood water, snapping vehicular communication to five villages in Jhirpani- Jamsera, Jabaghat, Panposh, Bangurkela and Bijadihi.
Locals of the flood-hit panchayats of these two blocks have alleged delay in the relief operation. They also alleged that the district administration has not taken any relief and rescue work since the last 24 hours.
On the other hand, residents of Matitota and Paradip Gada in Puri are suffering from waterlogging. They were seen using tubes to move along in the knee-deep waterlogged roads.
While the district administration is having a tough time to de-water the roads by using pump-sets, the locals have blamed National Highway Authority for the pathetic condition of Puri roads after Herapanchami.