The team comprises members of the ministries of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Water Resources, Road Transport and Highways, Rural Development and Finance.
Sub-Collector Dharmendra Mallick and Kujang tehsildar Smruti P Priyadarshini met the agitating villagers in the afternoon following which the sluice gates were opened.
Naveen Patnaik thanked Nirmala Sitharaman for endorsing Odisha’s management of natural disasters through community participation.
Residents of Bishnupur panchayat alleged that the Horticulture department has looked the other way while floods have damaged their vegetable crops.
A large number of villagers are consuming water from polluted sources, alleged Amiya Rout of Dandisahi under Pattamundai block.
The receding water has revealed the extent of damage in flood-ravaged Kendrapara district with the worst hit being farmers.
Since the canal was brimming with water due to the recent floods, the siblings drowned due to the strong currents.
Provision of inadequate relief has triggered resentment among the flood affected residents of Kumbhirgadi village in Bhograi block.
District emergency officer Sambeet Satpathy said the floods have affected 2.62 lakh people in 160 villages.
Though villagers dialled the emergency helpline number, the service could not be availed as the locality was water-logged due to the floods.
Water level of Mahanadi river stood at 11.15 metre against the danger mark of 9.80 metre at Tarapur of Raghunathpur block.
According to an offical, because of the high tides in the sea which push the rivers back, it can be said that flood waters will be released after the full moon day from September 2 onwards.
Villagers near Subarnarekha river in Odisha at high risk as health services take a hit due to floods
ASHA workers in many villages are unable to carry out door-to-door health surveillance amid the pandemic due to floods.
With Luna, Chitratola and Kani rivers in spate, the spectre of an imminent flood is haunting residents of riverside villages.
Stating that farmers have been affected most as hundreds of acres have been submerged in flood water, Singh requested the administration to immediately help them.