Jajpur, September 30 (odisha.in) There was no improvement in the flood situation in the worst-hit Bari block in the Jajpur district.
So far the death toll of the district has reached 5, while over two lakh people of Bari, Binjharpur, Dharmasala, Jajpur, Korei, Barachana and Dasarathapur blocks remained marooned, despite recession of water level of different rivers of the district.
Although water levels in Baitarani, Gobari and Birupa receded, Brahmani and Kharasrota still flowed above the danger mark.
According to official reports, about 1,31,465 people in 105 villages under 29 gram panchayata of Bari block are still marooned, and over 3 lakh in 285 villages of 8 blocks in the district are badly affected.
In Barachana block, more fifty thousands people in 12 gram panchayats were affected in Gobari, Birupa and Brahmani rivers.
Traffic on Ratnagiri- Mahakalapada, Arangabad- Anyaspur, Golkund – Gamu, Ratnagiripatana- Mahakalapada, Balia-Gamu, Amathapur-Mahakalapada, Santhanmath- Daragha, Mendhaghai-Daragha, Golakund- Bari, Sujanpur-Bari and Ratnagiri-Bari roads were disrupted as many as nine breaches occurred on the embankment of Brahmani rivers.
Similarly, over twenty GPs of Bari block were cut off from the block headquarter as roads were submerged in water. Flood water also flowed over Baruan-Jajpur town road. Bari- Kuakhia road was inundated at Gobindapur and Chudakala Chhak throwing traffic out of gear.
As many as 20 houses caved in and hundreds houses were partially damaged, as flood water gushed in to them, forcing the people to stay in open sky. An estimated 55,000 hectares of paddy crop lay submerged in the flood water, sources said.
Another worrying factor in the flood-affected areas is the non-availability of kerosene oil, fire wood, drinking water and cattle feed.
Sunil Nanda of Bainsiria village under Bari block alleged that kerosene had still not reached the victims six days after the flood. Nanda said all stocks of Kerosene with the retailers and storage agent in the block had vanished.