While Odisha has the maximum 57 per cent of the river’s catchment area, Jharkhand has 40 per cent and Chhattisgarh three per cent.
The sarpanch also demanded adequate compensation for the family of the crocodile victim.
At the time of the incident, some people who were passing on the bridge saw the man jump into the river and raised an alarm.
Sources said Das used to reside in his maternal uncle’s house in Dharapur village under Bari block.
Divisional forest officer of Bhitarkanika National Park Sudarshan Gopinath Yadav said the crocodile had likely swum from the water bodies within the park to the Brahmani River.
Even without any rain on the day, the water level was rising at an hourly rate of about 10 cm receiving flood water from Keol and Sankh rivers.
On receiving information, locals and fire services personnel reached the spot and launched a search operation in the evening.
In yet another train hit incident, two female elephants of a nine-member herd were killed after a goods train reportedly dashed into them in Keonjhar district on Monday night.