Cyclonic storm brings flood in Odisha. At present the State is under the spell of two disasters like Phailin storm and flood.
Flood has affected 5 major districts namely Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Keonjhar. This situation has been reviewed by the Minister Revenue & Disaster management Sri Suryanarayan Patro in a high level meeting in secretariat conference hall today. Reviewing the situation the Minister has directed for augmenting the rescue and relief operations by engaging the ODRAF, NDRF, Army and Naval teams along with State Government machinery. The operations for air dropping of relief packets have been taken up on war footing. SRC Sri P.K.Mohapatra has said that air dropping works will start from today afternoon.
Review reveals that the Cyclone has caused heavy rainfall in different parts of Odisha more particularly, in above cited districts. The heavy rainfall at upper basins of Budhabalanga, Subarnarekha and Baitarani has caused flood in these rivers inundating 39 GPs in 4 blocks ( Remuna, Sadar, Jaleswar and Bhogarai) of Balasore District, 2 blocks ( Betanati and Badasahi ) of Mayurbhanj district, 3 blocks ( Korei, Jajpur and Dasarathpur) of Jajpur district and 2 blocks ( Bhadnadripokhari and Dhamanagar ) of Bhadrak district. The rivers like Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga Baitarani and Jalaka are flowing well above the danger level by 9 AM today. Around 3 lakh people have been surrounded by flood water in Balasore district. The Revenue Divisional Commissioner Dr Arabinda Padhee reached the affected areas in Balasore district for carrying on the rescue and relief operations.
The first hand information available shows that the recent cyclone and flood have affected 128 blocks, 1924 GPs, 15578 villages and 40 urban local bodies. Around 1 crore and 19 lakh people have been affected. Because of timely and large evacuation, the human causality has been limited to 21. As of now the reported animal casualty is 313 large animals, 419 small animals and more than 6000 birds. The crop in 4,37,723 hectors have been destroyed. Around 10,13, 647 people and 31,000 domestic animals have been shifted to flood/cyclone shelters and safe places.
(Source: Govt. of Odisha)