Simlipal fast returning to normalcy after cyclone Yaas
After harsh cyclone induced rain for 2 days, Simlipal in the Mayubhanj district is fast returning to normalcy.
Cyclone Yaas made landfall close to the north of Dhamra port in Bhadrak district and south of Balasore district at around 9 am on Wednesday causing mass devastation.
Under the effect of the cyclonic storm, Simplipal broke the all-time record leaving many rivers originating from the area in spate disrupting communication at several places. This also triggered flash flood in the river catchments of the 2,750 square km tiger reserve.
River Budhabalanga and its tributaries that run through the district swelled alarmingly and as many as 11 river systems of Similipal saw a sudden rise in water levels.
Apart from Budhabalanga, the water level in other river catchment areas, including Khairi, Bandhan, Khadkei, Khairi, Polpala and other tributaries were also in spate.
The situation was soon brought to control thanks to the dedication of concerned district administration, NDRF personnel, and forest and fire services departments.
As many as 15 teams were deployed in clearance work and restoration, using JCBs, of roads that were washed away by the flash flood in the region.
10 trees are estimated to be uprooted in different parts of the forest on the night of May 26 severing communication. However, it was immediately cleared by the disaster management teams.
Rescue operation is underway at Astakuanr gram panchayat, Nawna in Barehipani gram panchayat, Godasimilipal, Saruda and Budhabalanga regions by the Fire services and forest officials.
“Many roads in different gram panchayats have been swept away in the flash flood and over 70 houses have been damaged in the rainfall in several villages”, informed Similipal Tiger Reserve Deputy Director, Jashipur Division, Sai Kiran.