STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 14 July
More than 8,000 people in three blocks of Malkangiri have been affected due to the heavy rain and flash flood last week, according to a report prepared by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).
A total of 33 villages have been hit by the natural calamities. The worst-affected blocks are Mathili, Khairput and K Gumma.
“While three villages were severely affected by the flash flood, 33 villages of two gram panchayats of Mudulipada and Undrahal have been badly affected by the landslide,” a senior official said. He informed that about one km stretch of road on Bonda ghat was closed due to landslide, disrupting road communication to these two gram panchayats.
“About 60 per cent of the blocked stretch of road has since been cleared and the remaining portion is likely to be cleared very soon,” he said. Providing details of the relief operation, he pointed out that emergent food assistance in the form of flattened rice, molasses and biscuits have been distributed among the affected villagers of Gangrajgumma of Mathili gram panchayat.
“Free kitchen have been opened for the affected people of Atalguda of Dungiaput gram panchayat and also at Oringi,” he said, adding that the relief parties have also reached 33 villages which were cut off due to landslide in Bonda hills. Emergent food assistance and free kitchens have catered to the needs of 7484 people. Steps have also been taken to send kerosene, diesel and petrol to the areas which were cut off due to landslide. “Nine medical teams have been deployed in the affected areas,” he said.
Damages to private houses and crop, loss of animals, sand cast and damage to public infrastructure are under assessment.
The state government has provided ex gratia compensation of Rs 1.50 lakh to each of the bereaved families of the two people of Oringi village of Khairput block who were washed away in the flash floods.