Bhubaneswar: Flash floods tiggered by
heavy rains claimed one life besides paralysing life in some
parts of Orissa today by snapping road links as the state
government launched relief operation for marooned people.
The body of 60-year-old Gundicha Uba, swept away by
flood waters at Ghataguda village under Taraja panchayat of
Nabarangpur district this morning, was recovered later,
Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, S N Patro said.
Thirty-two people had taken refuge in a huge tree
after the village was submerged. While 31 others were rescued
in two phases, Gundicha could not be saved as he was washed
away by strong current, the minister said.
Flood waters submerged vast areas including paddy
fields in Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Gajapati and Malkangiri
districts, official sources said.
In Kalahandi district, Hati river flooded about ten
villages under three gram panchayats besides disrupting road
communication between Junagarh and Jeypore, they said adding
community kitchens were opened in several places. Dry food
items were also being distributed.
Four marooned persons were rescued from a village in
Koksara area, Deputy Collector Jagannath Mohanty said.
However, four people remained trapped on a tree for
the last two days in Mathili area of Malkangiri district,
sources said helicopter was being arranged to rescue them as
others including Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF)
were still unable to reach them.
About 250 students of a residential school, trapped in
the building at Kerandimal village of Kosagumuda block of
Nabarangpur district due to flooding of the area since
yesterday, were rescued after water receded, Patro said.
Community kitchens were also opened in some places of
Nabarangpur district with food arrangements for about 5000
people, he said.
Road communication between Berhampur and Phulabani was
disrupted since last night as a diversion road near
Shankarakhol in Kandhamal collapsed due to heavy rains,
official sources said.
The vehicles were running through the diversion road
as a culvert on the main road was under construction. The
rains however did not affect the culvert, which was under
construction, said Superintendent Engineer, (works and
building) B K Patnaik.
He said the engineers from Phulabani rushed to the
spot and the repair work was in full swing.
In Gajapati district, the swollen Bansadhara river had
earlier crossed the danger level of 54.60 ft at Kashi Nagar,
but now it was receding from afternoon, they said.
In Malkangiri district, with overflowing of rivers
like Saberi, Sileri and Poteru, several villages were