Odisha: Breach mending work Closed within a week said Chief Engineer

Report by Akshya Rout, Jajpur: Nirod Kumar Das the Chief Engineer of Irrigation along with other officials inspected the breach site at Bankasahi under Kimbhiripala Gram Panchayat under Bari block of the district on Wednesday .

The river Bramahani breached at Bankasahi on last Saturday as a result many people have been marooned . “We have already started breach-mending work which will be completed within a week”, said Das. Superintendent engineer of irrigation department Gagan kumar biswal, Bhaktaranjan Mohanty the executive engineer of Jaraka irrigation division and other officials were present during the visit of Das.

Many flood-affected villagers demanded before them to mend the breach as soon as possible to save their standing paddy saplings . “ The authorities have already started the breach repairing work. It would take around a week to repair the breach , said , Bhaktaranjan Mohanty.

” Large numbers of flood-hit villagers are desperate as they face huge power shortages. The devastating floods which hit the district two weeks have swept away the electric poles , wires and other infrastructure, plunging areas into darkness and turning back the clock many decades”, said Paresh Mallick a villager of Bankasahi.

132 villages under 57 Gram Panchayats with a population of 1,02,476 have been affected in the flood in Jajpur district. Many electric poles were uprooted . Water has started receding in the flood-hit villages. The officials of electricity department have started their survey work. Electricity will be restored in the villages on war footing , said Rajalaxmi Nayak the district emergency officer of Jajpur.