Odisha opens helpline for Odia victims in flood-hit Kerala

Bhubaneswar: Following reports of as many as 130 labourers from Odisha being stranded in flood-hit Kerala, the Odisha Government today opened a helpline for such victims.

The helpline numbers– 1070 (toll free) and 0674-2534177– have been opened in the office of the Special Relief Commissioner.

Any person of Odisha who himself/herself or his/her relatives are affected in the flood may contact the helpline for assistance.

Worth mentioning, 130 labourers from Odisha, 60 of which hail from Puri, 30 from Cuttack and 40 from Phulbani, were working at a company in Ernakulam district of Kerala. They are reportedly stuck inside a house near a hill in Odapally due to flood.

Lack of food and water in the house has worsened the situation for them. Before their mobile phones ran out of batteries, they telephoned their family members and informed about the situation.

In a video sent by the victims, they requested the Odisha government to make arrangements for rescuing them.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has written to PH Kurian, Additional Chief Secretary, Disaster Management, Kerala requesting the latter to make necessary arrangement for providing support in terms of food, drinking water and other necessities to the flood affected people of Odisha.

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