The devastation highlighted the magnitude of the damage in the flood-affected area of Kendrapara, where farmers were most affected.
Vast tracts of rice paddies in Aul, Pattamunda, Marsagay, Derabishi and Rajkanik have become swamps with rotting crops still submerged.
“The floods have completely disrupted the rural economy. Farmers have spent huge sums of money growing rice seedlings that were damaged during the floods. The flood has destroyed our lives and now we are facing a bleak future, ”said Sarat Sahu, a farmer from Manapur village near Rajkanika.