Orphanage inmates trapped in marooned shelter home

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 17:06

Kendrapara: About 80 persons,
including some orphan children and elderly persons, are
stranded in a flooded village of Kendrapara district since the
past two days.

The orphanage housing them in Patalipanka village has
been marooned and is completely swamped by flood water from
one of the tributaries of river Mahanadi.

"The stranded inmates at the centre are safe. We are
planning to evacuate them from the flooded shelter home," said
Rudra Narayan Mohanty, district emergency wing officer.

As the ground floor of the shelter home housing 160
persons was submerged with flood water the children and some
elderly persons were shifted to the first floor.

"We are running out of food stocks. There is also
acute shortage of drinking water. The stranded inmates also
include some infants and old people. They always need
specialised care and food. With limited resources, we are
trying to take maximum care of the inmates," said Khetrabasi
Behera, advisor of the shelter-home in Marshaghai block of the
district.

Luckily, none of the inmates have so far fallen sick.
The centre is surrounded by ten-foot-high flood water making
it impossible to move out till the water recedes.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 17:06

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