Farmers said the sudden rough weather has brought the paddy harvest process to a halt.
Incidents reported from Ganjam, Boudh, Angul
While the administration claims the outbreak of diarrhoea has been contained in the area and sources of drinking water disinfected, the ground reality is different.
There is scarcity of drinking water, polythene sheets and healthcare services for the elderly and pregnant women, a local school teacher said.
BJP’s district president Kandra Soren said the government failed to provide proper houses to poor families under different schemes leading to such incidents.
Heavy rainfall (between 7 to 11 cm) may also occur in parts of 10 other districts including Cuttack, Puri, Ganjam, Gajapati and Khurda in this period.
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.
Meanwhile, heavy showers accompanied by gusty wind threw life out of gear in Berhampur on Sunday evening.
Portion of road from Baripada and Jaleswar in Balasore district submerged, rail services affected
Incessant rain triggered by the deep depression over Bay of Bengal has pounded the state in the last 24 hours causing a flood-like situation in parts of north-coastal districts.
The depression that lay centered about 250 km east-southeast of Balasore, 190 km east-southeast of Digha and 150 km south-east of Sagar Islands at about 8.30 am moved at a speed of 20 km/ph.
The authorities of Hirakud dam closed 12 sluice gates on Thursday after a decrease in inflow of water into the reservoir.
The ODRAF teams have also been asked to remain alert for the situation as IMD has predicted more rains due to the formation of low pressure,” the Commissioner said.
The national weather forecaster cautioned that heavy rainfall may lead to temporary waterlogging in low-lying regions and traffic congestion in urban areas.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appreciated efforts of the fire fighters of Rayagada and Kolnara for rescuing the two persons from the swollen river.
According to official sources, the water level of Upper Kolab which was about 846.07 meter on July 17 last year, touched 846.96 meter by the same date this year.
The weather experts attributed the increase in rainfall activity in the State to the two back to back low pressure areas on July 4 and 9.
District emergency department sources informed that about 20 mm average rainfall was recorded in the last 24 hours.
Though the department claimed that the overall crop condition is normal, many parts of the State depending on rain water for cropping were experiencing moisture stress conditions.
In the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Thursday, light to moderate rainfall/thundershower activity occurred at most places in interior districts and at many places in coastal districts.