Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

As many as 50 students have been stranded at Dudhiani High School under Karanjia block in Mayurbhanj district since Tuesday morning due to heavy water logging around the school.

According to reports, as many as 90 students reside in the hostel of the residential school. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, only 50 students are residing in the hostel currently. However, due to heavy torrential train triggered by the deep depression over Bay of Bengal, the school has been marooned and cut off from the main land.

“The school campus and its outside areas have been inundated. We have been stranded here since last 48 hours and are living in a dangerous condition. We request the administration to take immediate steps to rescue us, so that we could go back to our houses,” said a student.

Meanwhile, the headmaster of the school Jagamohan Mohanta expressed his resentment over the construction of an irrigation project near the school.

“Due to the careless attitude of the contractors of the irrigation project, the school has been marooned. They have constructed an embankment in one side of the school without informing us. The drainage system has gone haywire because of the embankment. If the rainwater will not be drained out immediately, the school building may collapse,” said Mohanta.

On the other hand, the local administration assured that the stranded students will be evacuated soon.

“We are taking stock of the situation. Steps will be taken immediately to rescue the stranded students and teachers,” said Revenue Inspector of the area.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)