A major breach in the Rengali Right Canal at Santharapur village, near Antagadia under Kamakhyanagar block, in Dhenkanal district submerged hundreds of acres of agricultural land on Wednesday morning.
The 60-feet wide breach in the southern portion of the canal triggered flash flood in the nearby villages and damaged standing crop in hundreds of acres of farmland. However, there has been no loss of life reported so far.
A 10-feet breach had developed in the Rengali Left Bank Canal Division near Dhalapada village under Bhuban block of the district yesterday leading to inundation of several acres of land in the nearby areas. As the canal was inaugurated only last week, locals alleged that substandard work could have caused the immediate breach.
Local farmers and residents have been complaining that the canal embankments in the region are in a dilapidated condition due to lack of repairs and monitoring leading to a series of breaches in separate places of the Rengali canal in the last few months.
Meanwhile, the executive engineer and other officials of the concerned department have rushed to the spot and working overtime to plug the breach.
Men and machineries have been engaged in the repair work and sand bags are being used to fill the breach, said the executive engineer who is monitoring the work on the damaged portion.
He claimed that the breach was man-made. The official alleged that some miscreants are intentionally damaging the canal embankment which led to the breach. “We are also planning to file an FIR with the local police in this regard,” he said.