Orphanage inmates trapped in marooned shelter home

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.