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There is a competition to live a life that takes you farther from your roots. Our roots are inevitably ecological. Having gained the wonderful experience of knowing ecology from close corners over the last two decades, I behave like an objective chronicler of it. This blog is meant to be a contemporary chronology of ecology, economics and we the being. The blog will have text and visuals. Ranjan Panda
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Flood Update III of 2011 from WIO - 11th September
Flood Update IIIfromWater Initiatives Odisha
11th September 2011, Second Edition
This morning we brought to you the Flood Update II from Odisha and
discussed how large dams like Hirakud have always failed in managing
floods.This evening, at 7.30 pm, we are
presenting the Second Edition of this day’s Update as there have been more
developments since what we updated last.
Before that however, we would like to bring to your notice that, some
civil society groups of Bhubaneswar have echoed our lines about the Hirakud
dam’s mismanagement.We welcome this and
wish more people will realise this truth and how the ‘Rule Curve’ has become
obsolete.However, we should also not
forget that keeping the Reservoir Level at very high level till the last
moment, despite knowing that there were heavy inflows into the Reservoir from
upstream, was not just due to the ‘Rule Curve’.It has more to do with political decision making.As we have raised it before, ever since water
allocation priorities of the Hirakud dam was changed to incorporate the water
demands of growing industries around the reservoir, there is a constant attempt
by the government to propagate a myth called ‘surplus water’ in the reservoir
and in the basin.And to keep this
‘myth’ alive, the dam authorities must have done all they could to keep the
reservoir level at very high so that in case the monsoon projections fail they
would not have to face problems.It’s
time we all join hands to expose such ‘myths’ and work out for concrete and
In this III Flood Update on Floods from Odisha, we are giving some latest
news in capsules, as being reported by media and our members from
different parts of the state.
flood has engulfed 2788 villages in 19 districts affecting 17 lakh people.877 villages are completely cut off due to
flood waters.The human casualty has
been reported at 16 so far.There is no
concrete news coming about death of livestock and wild animals.
sluice gates of Hirakud are open now and the Reservoir Level is at 628.08
feet.Inflow of water to the dam is
638139 cusecs and outflow is reported at 625434 cusecs.This seems to be a temporary respite but the
flood water is still moving downstream and devastations will continue.The water flow at Mundali is reported at
Chief Minister of Odisha has done an Aerial Survey of four coastal affected
districts (Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Cuttack) only.People from western Odisha have raised their
voice against this.“Even during floods
the discrimination against western Odisha is visible in this government”,
alleged a flood affected person from Sonepur district.In fact, Sonepur residents say that they have
never seen such an enormous flood.
each affected district, people have complained about inadequate and even non
availability of relief materials and food, cattle feed has not reached
anywhere.Data provided on television channels
show that the government will start sending cattle feed to each affected blocks
coastal Odisha, many people are taking shelter in embankments those are
vulnerable to breach.In Daleighai of
Jagatsinghpur district, thousands of villagers are taking shelter.This embankment breached in 1982 floods.So
far reports have come about the breach of 21 embankments including 15 big ones.
some villagers are constantly guarding it, hundreds of families from the 42
Mouza villages are taking shelter on the vulnerable Maniabandha embankment.
Pipili and Satyabadi areas people, including children, are busy repairing
embankment of the Bhargavi river.
dam’s back waters have started flooding Bheden and Ambabana blocks of Bargarh.
Sonepur and Boudh are facing acute problems due to the flood waters and inappropriate
relief measures as reported by people in TV news programmes.
govt. officials informed that 3 helicopters are being continuously used to air
drop food relief and these are being operated under the instruction of the
State Relief Commissioner.
our members called us to inform that 100s of families from the Alipingala area
in Kendrapada district are yet to receive any relief material so far.
have any latest news about flood impacts and relief-rehabilitation measures,
please write to us and we shall circulate that in our next update.
Look forward to listen from you and your support.
Thanks and regards,
Convenor, Water Initiaties Odisha
Water Initiatives Odisha: Fighting
water woes, combating climate change... more
than two decades now!
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abundance are falling apart...(Ranjan Panda)
Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) is a state level
coalition of civil society organisations, farmers, academia, media and other
concerned, which has been working on water, environment and climate change
issues in the state for more than two decades now.