The decision was taken at the State executive committee meeting on natural disaster presided over by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra.
The dead elephant first showed up at Jobra anicut before being recovered at Satabati near Jagatpur under the City Forest division.
Sources said that it was Athagarh Divisional Forest Officer who had sent a requisition to deploy a team of ODRAF and keep the personnel on stand-by.
The poser remains unanswered because that eventually proved disastrous for the entire operation which could have been carried out without much ado.
The powerboat overturned near the bridge and the crew members fell into the crashing waters at the head of the barrage.
District emergency officer Sujay Kumar Pati said the evacuees have been accommodated at over 427 sanitised buildings in 26 blocks of the district that has 10 flood shelters.