Many Puja committee members of the flood-affected villages have decided not to spend more money in erecting pandals this year.
Assessment report by govt says 33 per cent crops over 1.26 lakh hectare were destroyed
Narahari Behera of Balarampur said villagers are also reeling under acute water shortage since the last one week.
Water entered the villages on Friday night after the rivers started flowing above the danger mark soon after floodwater was released from the Rengali dam.
Alleging that lack of preparedness led to the flood, Pattanayak said crores of rupees were spent on maintenance and repair of embankments by the government.
A five-year-old boy of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and a motorcyclist were swept away in the swollen rivers of Rayagada and Kandhamal districts in the last 24 hours.
In despair, the affected people have sought rice, fuel, dry ration, drinking water and cooked food along with study materials for children for the next 5-7 days.
With many villages still inundated, drinking water is being supplied through tankers
As per the revised timeline, vehicle owners can fix the HSRP on their vehicles with registration numbers ending with 1 and 2 till September 30.
There is scarcity of drinking water, polythene sheets and healthcare services for the elderly and pregnant women, a local school teacher said.
General Manager, WATCO, Cuttack division, Debabrata Mohanty, however said the problem has been solved and supply of drinking water will be streamlined from Thursday morning.
The worst hit by floods is the vegetable farmers whose crops have been completely damaged after being waterlogged for more than four days.
The villages of Nayabali, Ikidpal, Rashalpur, Bishnupur and Raoutra under Bishnupur GP are worst-affected.
However, there are a few who have started rebuilding their houses by salvaging belongings from the rubble and materials.
Local weavers put a total number of pit looms in Kotpad at 200. Not only were the loom pits inundated, yarn in many weavers’ households was also damaged by rains.
Meanwhile, the death toll in flood and related incidents has increased to 14 as four more children were reported to have been killed due to wall collapse in Mayurbhanj district.
The entire crop was submerged as the nearby Telingi river gushed into his fields following the recent rains. Seeing the total destruction, he had gone into depression, family sources said.
Express News Service @ Cuttack THE flood in Mahanadi river system has hit drinking water supply in the Millennium City for the last seven days with deposit of sand in the 129 MLD water treatment plant
Officials in the district said they are collecting data on the students affected by the flood. The damage assessment of the schools will also be done once the situation improves.
The situation is equally bad for Jalapoka, Srutipur, Nanakar, Dumuka, Kusunapur, Manikunda, Kasoti, Naranapur and other villages with a population of around 30,000 as a breach occurred in Luna river.