Ten days after Phailin tore through Ganjam,rivers in the coastal district flowing above danger level have marooned at least 8 blocks in the district. The cyclone and floods claimed 15 lives in Ganjam district,while 31 deaths were reported from the rest of the state.
Officials said that in the last 24 hours,reports of at least four more deaths have come in and more casualties are feared. As many as 13 people,including four firemen,are stranded at a brick kiln in Gotagaon village in Sergarh block in the district surrounded by floodwaters.
We are not able to go beyond Purushottampur block since morning. The NDRF and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force teams are not able to move beyond due to the water current. By tomorrow morning we are trying to send 70 boats to rescue marooned people, said Ganjam district collector Dr Krishna Kumar.
There are now 18 teams of NDRF and ODRAF trying to reach marooned people. About 40,000 marooned people had been evacuated from Patrapur,Sana Khemundi,Chikiti,Digapahandi,Hinjili,Sheragada and Purushottampur in Ganjam. The district collector said several rivers including Rushikulya,Badanadi,Bahuda and Ghodahanda were nearing danger level due to incessant rainfall. In Aska,Berhampur,Digapahandi and Kabisuryanagar,over 250 mm rainfall was received in the last 24 hours. Director,State Meterological Office,S C Sahu said rain was likely for the next 48 hours.