Mrunal Manmay Dash

Acres of farmlands were inundated and houses were submerged after canal water flooded areas of Kalampur block in Kalahandi district following a breach in the Indravati Right canal.

The embankment breach which occurred in the early hours of Monday is said to be 20-feet in length and gradually increasing as the water gushes through it.

Houses of Deypur under the block were submerged till the roof following the breach. The residents were rescued through their roof by breaking open asbestos. As per reports, at least 5-feet water is flowing in the farmlands and streets of Deypur village and its surrounding areas. The situation has become so dire that the residents can neither stay in their homes nor can they go outside. There is water everywhere.

“We were sleeping when the water came to our home suddenly and inundated us. People came to our rescue and shifted us by breaking open our asbestos roof. All our furniture, appliances and food grains are lost to the water,” said a local of Deypur.

The local administration has reached the spot and repair of the breached embankment has already begun.

“We have informed the relevant departments and authorities. The breach has been repaired. It will take some time for the water to recede. 2-3 families have suffered losses due to the breach. We will provide them cooked food,” said Kalampur BDO Vijay Kumar Madangi.

“As far as the inundated farmlands are concerned, we will inform that to the district office. Crop loss will be estimated and we will see about the compensation,” he added.

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