Retreating Cyclone Titli leaves trail of destruction in North Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Following incessant rain in the aftermath of Cyclone Titli, flood situation in the northern districts of Odisha continue to remain grim with Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts being the worst-hit.

According to sources, the people in the low-lying areas of the districts are still stranded and remain cut-off.

In Balasore district, Daudibhanga village is submerged under floodwater from Budhabalanga River.

“The flood water has entered our homes and we cannot cook. The government is also not helping us,” a resident of Daudibhanga village said.

Radhe Soren of Jhamura village said “I have not eaten anything since yesterday. I have two children and livestock. We are staying in other people’s house. Neither the sarpanch nor the ward member has come to ask about our wellbeing.”

The situation is much worse in Remuna, Nilgiri and Basta blocks of Balasore. More than 40 villages in 3 panchayats of Remuna block are surrounded by floodwaters. The people in these areas have taken shelter in schools and other high-lying areas.

Similar situation prevailed in Mayurbhanj district too. Floodwaters of Budhabalanga and Gangahar rivers have caused widespread damage in Badasahi block, informed sources. Some 14 villages in 4 panchayats of this block are still submerged in floodwaters. Though rain has stopped in these areas, water level in the rivers is still precarious, added sources.

However, no administrative officials have reached out to the affected, claimed local residents.

Meanwhile, the district administration is awaiting reports from Tehsildars prior to disbursal of compensation and assistance.

“There is no report of casualties or damages to property. We will disburse assistance after Tehsildars conduct enquiry and submit reports,” Balasore District Collector, Ramesh Chandra Rout said.