Bhadrak: Incessant rains triggered by a low pressure system over Bay of Bengal has left many blocks and low lying areas in the district waterlogged. Thousands of hectares of agricultural fields in 348 revenue villages in different blocks of the district have been left submerged due to the downpour. As per reports Dhamnagar block in the district has been worst affected.
As many as 92 panchayats of Dhamnagar, Tihidi, Bhandaripokhari, Banta and Chandbali blocks of the district have been engulfed by the flood waters. A total of 12 panchayats of Tihidi block, 19 Panchayats of Banta block and 4 panchayats of Bhadrak block have been affected.
Meanwhile locals of the flood-hit panchayats of different blocks have alleged delay in the relief and rescue operation "The agricultural fields are waterlogged since the last five days and all the crops have been damaged. The district administration has not taken any steps" rued Prafulla Mallick, a farmer.
On the other hand collector of Bhadrak Gyana Das said that a team has been formed and investigation is underway to assess the damage.
"The deputy director of Agriculture has already formed a team and conducted on spot inspection. The report will be sent to the Special relief Commission after the team submits us a detailed report of the investigation," said Bhadrak collector Gyana Das.