Over 70,000 people were still marooned in floodwaters even as water level in the two major rivers in the state starting receding.
Around half of the Balasore district remained under water for the fourth day in a row even as state government officials battled all odds to provide food to the stranded people. Additional release of water from dams in Jharkand aggravated the relief and rescue measures.
Divisional Commissioner, Cuttack, Arvind Padhee, who is spearheading the operations, said effort was on the provide food to as many people as possible. Teams of national disaster relief force and Odisha relief force have been deployed in around 100 sq km water logged area. The district administration has also started accessing damage to the crops to provide compensation.
National Disaster Management Authority vice chairperson M Shashidhar Reddy had asked the Odisha government to seek the help of World Bank for building a better disaster management system for both cyclone and floods.
The Odisha government has been at the receiving end for poor implementation of relief measures. In both cyclone-hit Ganjam district and flood-hit Balasore, the locals complained of not even getting ration after the disaster hit them.
The two disasters have affected around 10 million people in Odisha, official sources said.
Residents of Bangali Sahi area come out of an inundated village near Baranga to higher land as their village was flooded since Monday following the cyclone’s landfall. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)