Post ‘Titli’ Flood In South Odisha: Ganjam Situation Improving Fast, Says SRC

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Bhubaneswar/Berhampur: In the aftermath of severe cyclonic storm Titili’s landfall on October 11 followed by torrential rains triggered by it and severe flood in the southern districts of the State since yesterday (October 12), rescue and restoration works have been stepped up in the flood hit districts where food packets being dropped from helicopter in Ganjam while Gajapati district worst affected by Titili.

Briefing media today here at the State Secretariat, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said that situation is limping back to normalcy in Ganjam district.

He also informed that cooked food being provided to 1.10 lakh affected people while 200 metric tones (MTs) cattle feeds also supplied to the flood affected areas. Also, ODRAF, NDRF and Fire officials have been engaged to rescue people still marooned in flood water.

Briefing media, the SRC said, “Ganjam flood situation is improving fast. Major effect was felt yesterday in Aska. As per latest report available, the blacktop roads of Aska NAC are now visible as water is receding very fast. But the peripheral villages are still marooned.”

He informed, “In the NAC area we are providing relief materials by vehicles. Medical centre has been operationalised now. A RO plant on a moving vehicle is providing drinking water facility to the people in the NAC area. The RO plant’s capacity is 3,000 litres per hour. Our efforts are now on to step up relief measures.”

He added, “In Purushottampur block, which was also akin to Aska flood situation, blacktop roads are now visible as water is receding. Thus, road communication has been possible in some places.”

He also informed, “Fisheries & Animal Resources Development Department has made made arrangements for cattle feed and fodder. 200 metric tones (MT) cattle feed for Ganjam and 100 MT for Gajapati is being dispatched.”

Also added, “10 officials deployed by the State Government to Gajapati are on their way. They will be reaching soon there and assume their assigned responsibilities.”

The SRC further informed, “The Fire Services teams, those had been deployed there for fallen tree cutting and blocked road clearance, have done commendable job. They have delivered service for clearing Kashinagar-Gunupur route, Palasa-Paralakhemundi route, Mohana-R.Udaygiri route, Mohana-Rayagada and Nuagada-Khajuripada. Those personnel also noticed during that clearing period that the approach roads of the bridges were also blocked. Now they are clearing those roads.”

He added, “The 20 boats, 10 lights and 150 Fire personnel had been deployed in Aska. They are engaged in relief measures there since yesterday. Apart from that, 101 ODRAF personnel have also been pressed into service in Ganjam.”

“BSNL network connectivity is yet to be restored in Gajapati. We have taken up this matter with Government of India. We have talked to the top authorities of BSNL and have requested them to restore it as early as possible in Paralakhemundi ad other blocks in Gajapati district,” the Odisha SRC concluded.

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Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha