JEYPORE: Heavy rains for the last three days in the region have caused flood-like situation in many areas with major rivers flowing near the danger level. According to reports, water level of Indravati, Saptadhara, Kolab, Siluru, Saverali and Patalit rivers is nearing the danger level and flood-like situation has been reported at Borigumma, Kotpad, Kundra and Jeypore blocks.
Normal life was crippled for the second consecutive day on Sunday with most of the markets wearing a deserted look in Jeypore and Koraput sub-divisions due to the rain. Sources said several panchayats have been cut off from the block headquarters. Flooding of roads in villages of Dasmantpur, Laxmipur, Lamataput, Nandapur, Boipariguda, Kotapad and Borigumma areas has also been reported.
Preliminary reports indicated that over 600 thatched houses in Jeypore and Koraput sub-divisions have been completely damaged due to heavy rains. Landslides have also been reported in different areas of Semiliguda, Dasmatpur and Potangi.
On Saturday night, a boy was killed and another old woman sustained grievous injuries after a wall in their house collapsed in Sana Endhanpur under Borigumma block. Road communication to neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh has also taken a hit with hundreds of vehicles left stranded in the rain.
Meanwhile, the district administration has alerted all block and tehsil officials to keep a close watch on the situation and take steps for rescue and relief.
Tehsildars and BDOs of Kotpad and Borigumma have been directed to remain alert for 24 hours as there is a possibility of flood in 10 panchayats of these two blocks.Borigumma Tehsildar P Pradhan said Revenue Inspectors have been directed to visit the affected villages to assess damage if any.Notably, the district has been put on flood alert during the third week of July for the first time in the last seven years. Usually, flood-like situation was seen in the district during August.