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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Flood situation of Odisha in spate as rivers flow above danger level

Circle Postal Administration  should concentrate more on welfare of the flood victims in addition to restoration mail operations.
As per reports published in various news papers and television channels, panic gripped   more than half of Odisha as high flood in Mahanadi and its tributaries – Mahanadi, Luna, Karandia, Chitrotpala, Brahmani, Devi, Kathajodi, Daya, Bhargavi, Kushavhadra, Rajua. The flood situation in at least 19 districts of Orissa, including the thickly populated Mahanadi delta has been worsened  increasing  the death toll to eight . More than 10 lakh people in 2,550 villages and 13 towns have been affected and 10565 houses in Bargarh, Boudh, Deogarh, Jajpur, Nuapada and Sambalpur districts have been damaged by the floods. With flood waters entering low laying areas, 75000 people in such  districts have been  evacuated and provided shelter in safe places in the mean time.
The situation is critical as excess water from Mahanadi river will not be released into the sea easily due to the full moon on Monday. Two deaths each were reported from Jajpur and Mayurbhanj districts, while one death each took place in Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Kendrapara and Sambalpur districts. Three persons were swept away by flood waters in Nayagarh district and are missing. at least 152 relief camps with free kitchens were opened in Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Boudh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jharsuguda, Mayurbhanj, Puri, Sambalpur and Subarnapur districts.
Almost all rivers passing through the Jagatsinghpur district are in spate with the water level crossing the red mark at many places, moreover the resultant floods have created fear and panic among the villagers living near Daleighai, Bhandisahi, Alipingala, Gobardhanpur, Krishnanandapur, Sribantapur, Ghadimula, Birabarpatana, Gousanagar, Krutibaspatana near embankments of the different rivers. Amidst rivers are flowing above danger mark , the river side villagers have no respite and sort of panic has created among them and many of them living in low line areas and nearer to river have been made makeshift houses in canal embankments and safer places.
Today morning I myself have  collected reports from my colleagues working in several post offices of Nimpara, Konark, Nayahat, Rench, Astaranga area under Bhubaneswar Postal Division. There are reports of inundation of the road to Konark Sun Temple due to a breach in river Bhargavi in Puri district. There is also a breach near Kusupur in Kushabhadra river. The sub urban area of Gop is submerged with flood water including the post office building.  Similar is the situation from Pipli to Nimapara, Pipli to Jatani, Khurdha to Nayagarh, Balakati to Nimapara and  Rench to Balanga. The mail van carrying mails of such areas to Bhubaneswar GPO could not come yesterday.  It is apprehended that   situation may be  critical as excess water from Mahanadi river will not be released into the sea easily due to the full moon on Monday. Hence the flood  will affect more areas and officials working in our post offices may not attend offices on Monday.
 I have suggested our staff members who could be contacted over telephone to report the difficulties immediately to the control room opened in our Circle Office with passing necessary information to our Divisional Office. It is also appealed that the Odisha Circle Postal administration should   take some tangible steps  for the welfare of the postal flood victims and their family members. Necessary assistance from Circle Welfare Fund should be provided to all such victims. Required circular should immediately be released to apply for  admissible Flood Advance / Assistance. Opening of Control Room only will not  solve the entire problems. Circle Administration should give immediate direction to all the Regional / Divisional heads to form  and depute special teams for providing necessary assistance to the flood victims in their respective areas.  Department should concentrate more on welfare of the flood victims in addition to restoration mail operations.

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