Report by Akshya Rout; Jajpur:The revenue and disaster management minister Maheswar Mohanty on Tuesday visited some of the worst flood affected areas in Jajpur district and took stock of the damage caused to paddy crops and houses due to recent floods.
While taking stock of the damage caused to the paddy crops at Kimbhiripala Gram Panchayat under Bari block the people demanded construction of protection bund on the banks of the river besides providing compensation of losses.
The minister directed the collector of Jajpur to assess the damage caused to standing paddy crops and submit a detailed report so that matter is taken up with him for compensation
Many flood-affected farmers gathered at Kimbhiripala to describe their sorry plight. They alleged that some miscreants damaged the river embankment as a result river Bramahani breached on Saturday at Kimbhiripala. Minister directed the collector to inquiry about the allegations of the villagers.
“We have already been ruined by the devastating floods. From farmers we have become beggars. How long will the government provide us relief ? I am worried about what will happen after that. Where will I go with my seven-member family? Said Rabindra Sahoo of Kimbhiropala to the minister.
Bari MLA Debashis Nayak assured the flood-hit villagers that the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is concerned about the flood situation in Bari and other areas. “The Chief Minister directed us to help the flood-afffected villagers”.
Minister also reviewed the flood situation and its aftermath in a meeting at Jajpur town. Ranjan Das the district collector, Bari MLA Debashis Nayak , Barachana MLA Amar Prasad Satapathy.Chief Executive Engineer Nirod Kumar das .superintending engineer Gagan Kumar biswal and Executive Engineer Bhakta ranjan mohanty and others were present in the review meeting.