JAJPUR: The flood situation in the district on Friday showed signs of improvement as the water level of major rivers came down while there was no rain for the last two days. But, the scenario in Bari and Dasrathpur blocks remained grim, officials said.
The worst affected panchayats are Gammu, Mahakalapada, Mitrasenapur, Serapur and Gahapal of Bari block and Malikapur, Patapur, Kasapa and Chandkuda of Binjharpur block.
According to official sources, five to six feet of flood water was still flowing over many village roads in the two blocks. Road links of Bari-Baruan, Bari-NH-5(A) and Mangalpur-Jajpur have been snapped throwing normal life out of gear.
“There is slight improvement in flood situation as all the major rivers have started receding. Efforts are on to disinfect water bodies while deployment of mobile medical teams in the flood hit areas has been taken up on war footing,” said Jajpur Collector Anil Kumar Samal. In Barachana, rivers Birupa and Genguti are still in spate, he added.
Supply of cattle feed and vaccination to the livestock has also been taken up on priority basis. Samal said 82 medical teams including 66 Medical Relief Centres have been pressed into service in eight flood affected blocks.
As many as 10 breaches have occurred in the embankments of rivers Baitarani, Brahmani and Kharasrota leaving around 200 villages marooned. “Steps would be taken to repair the breaches after the water recedes from the breach area,” said Samal. People have started returning to their houses in flood ravaged Dasarathpur, Jajpur and Korei blocks. All the relief materials will be distributed among the flood victims by Saturday, said the officials.
“We have already distributed around 60 per cent of the relief materials and rest will be distributed by Saturday evening,” the Collector said.