**Bhubaneswar: ** Though flood level in river Brahmani has receded at Jenapur by more than a foot relieving the districts of Kendrapada and Jajpur of any severe flood situation, three persons of Jajpur district have lost their lives due to drowning as reported by the district administration, one person of Kendrapada district is reported to be missing while bathing in the river Brahmani.
As per a press note released by the Revenue & Disaster Management Department of Odisha Government, the three persons who have lost their lives due to drowning have been identified as Kusa Pradhan of Khairadiha village, Sonu Dalai of Badasulidiha village and Ranjit Mallick of Makeipur village in Jajpur district.
Similarly, the missing person has been reported to be Amit Ranjan Ray of Nilakanthapur Gram Panchayat (GP) in Kendrapada district. ODRAF team is engaged in search operation.
The press note claimed that barring Jajpur and Kendrapada districts, situation in all other districts are normal.
However, due to the breach on Brahmani left embankment at Kimbhiriapal GP that occurred on Saturday, 15 GPs of Bari block in Jajpur district have been affected. About 1600 people have been evacuated to safe shelters at eight places while many other people in the affected areas have taken shelter in the houses of their neighbours.
Free kitchens have been opened for the affected people and dry food like ‘chuda’ (flattened rice) and ‘gur’ (jiggery) are being distributed wherever necessary.
The press note also informed that 50 metric tons (MTs) of cattle feed has been sent to Bari block for distribution to the owners of the affected cattle population. Another 50 MTs of cattle feed has been sent to Balasore district.
Seven GPs of Pattamundai block of Kendrapada district namely Penthapal, Alapua, Taradipal, Singhagaon, Rahulia, Andhara and Nayadia have been marooned due to flood water. On the other hand, river Kharasrota was in receding trend near Aul, the press note stated.
Health and Sanitation teams have been deployed in all flood affected areas.
Water Resources Principal Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena along with the Engineer-in-Chief and the Chief Engineer and Basin Manager of Lower Mahanadi Basin has, meanwhile, visited the Brahmani breach site.
The Revenue & Disaster Management Department sources said that temporary restoration of the breached embankment was to be taken up with coming down of the water level.