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Flood Situation in Odisha still remains grim


Bhubaneswar: The flood situation in Odisha’s Jajpur and Kendrapara districts continues to be grim after a lot of areas were marooned due to the breaching of river embankment at worst hit Bari block in Jajpur district.

Around 15 gram panchayats in Bari block were marooned out of which 1600 people were rescued and given shelter. Seven people had lost their lives in the floods with three deaths reported in Jajpur district and two each in Kalahandi and Malkangiri districts.

The SRC Bishnupad Sethi said that, even though the water level in Brahmani River has receded at Jenapur, in Kendrapara & Jajpur districts the situation is still grim as Brahmani is flowing over danger level.

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 weighing 50 metric tons has also been given for cattle, they said, adding that the power supply to the affected villages remained disrupted in Bari.

Over two lakh people have been affected in the flood in Brahmani River, official sources said. Pradip Ku Jena, Principal Secretary, Water Resource Department has directed the officials to start the temporary repair work at Kimbhiriapal embankment, as soon as possible.



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