Tardy relief due to limited manpower and boats as also intermittent rains in Orissa's flood-ravaged areas added to the woes of over six lakh marooned people, even as the state government sought the help of the navy in operation on Monday.
The death toll in the flood rose to 27 with six deaths reported on Monday. The deluge caused by 61 breaches in Mahanadi delta region, continued despite subsiding of water level in major rivers, official sources said.
Five days after severe floods hit 18 districts, the government sought navy's help, while BSF and CISF were deployed in badly affected Kendrapara district.
Naval personnel as well as boats and other equipment from INS Chilika and Visakhapatanam are likely to reach the flood- affected areas soon to assist in rescue and relief operation, state Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Manmohan Samal told reporters.
Air dropping of relief materials was undertaken with the help of four IAF choppers in Kendrapara, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts, he said adding 400 mt polythene was also distributed while the government decided to provide relief in all flood-hit areas for 15 days.
The Centre was requested to provide 10,000 mt kerosene for distribution among the victims as the flood affected over 35 lakh people, he said.
Though the government claimed that relief and rescue works are in full swing, people in many areas complained that the operation was moving at a snail's pace due to inadequate manpower and boats.