Flood aftershock hits Jajpur

People in the district continue to tough it out despite the Baitarani river receding from residential areas.

By Amulya Pati in Jajpur
  • Published 13.09.18
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Jajpur: People in the district continue to tough it out despite the Baitarani river receding from residential areas.

Over 20,000 flood-hit residents of 26 villages in seven gram panchayats of Dasarathapur block are forced to stay indoors as the areas continue to be inundated. Their misery is compounded by the absence of safe drinking water with floodwater entering open wells and tube wells at many places.

Ramesh Chandra Das of Kamardihi village said: "We are facing acute shortage of drinking water. Our wells, tube wells and other water bodies have been inundated by floodwaters from the Baitarani. We have to walk long distances in chest-deep water to fetch drinking water."

He said people were also forced to defecate in the open, causing water-borne diseases.

Social activist Bibhu Ranjan Jena said the floods could increase the risk of water and mosquito-borne diseases. Reports of diarrhoea outbreaks have already started coming in from Dasarathapur. A district health department official said the threat of water-related infection had increased in all flood-hit areas and said they had undertaken preventive measures.

Dasarathapur block development officer Narayan Nayak said the administration was supplying water purification tablets and mosquito repellents in the affected areas. Besides, doctors and paramedics had been asked to visit the areas to ensure health care.

District emergency office data shows 83,474 people of 62 villages in 37 gram panchayats in Dasarathapur, Binjharpur and Korei blocks have been by the flood. Sources said 4,009 hectares of croplands were submerged and 55 houses partially damaged.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has already announced relief for seven days for people of three affected blocks.