Puri: Incessant rains triggered by formation of low pressure over North-west Bay of Bengal have added to the waterlogging woes at Sujat Nagar and Matitota in Ward number 1 of the municipality.
As per reports, at least 16 families in the two localities have been forced to leave their houses. Worth mentioning that Sujat Nagar and Matitota have remained waterlogged since heavy rains battered the district after Rath Yatra in July.
Although the district administration installed heavy motor pumps to pump out water from the area, it was of little help.
While the concerned authorities claimed to have distributed polythene sheets and medicines, residents of the affected areas alleged that they have not been provided with food.
“We have neither shelter nor food. My children are starving. We are forced to live outdoors since the last five days. Only medicines and plastics sheets are not enough, ” said a local of Sujat Nagar affected due to the waterlogging.
“Our houses have been completely destroyed due to the waterlogging and we are forced to live under open sky. I request the concerned administration to take immediate measures,” said another resident of the locality.
Meanwhile, Puri Collector Jyotiprakash Das held a meeting with the Sub Collector and officials of Water Resources and drainage division following which a team visited the area to take stock of the situation.
“We are discussing with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to make a temporary cut on the highway so that the water can be flushed out and the drainage system can be cleared,” informed Puri Collector Jyoti Prakash Das
“ As per the directive of district collector, we are assessing the amount of the water being discharged through the drainage channel. As soon as it is done, we will jointly make plans to resolve the issue,” said Project Director of NHAI, Sishu Mohan.