An estimated 3.60 lakh Olive Ridley sea turtles have arrived for mass nesting this year at the tranquil Nasi II (South Nasi) beach of the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, according to stated DFO of Rajnagar Mangrove Forest and Wildlife Division, Manoj Kumar Mohapatra.

The arribada phenomenon of the endangered turtles occurred from February 26 to March 7 at the golden beach near the establishment of

KENDRAPARA: As many as 1,654 estuarine crocodiles, including four crocodiles measuring more than 20 feet, were sighted by the forest officials in the water bodies at Bhitarkanika National Park during the recent census.

DFO of the Park Manoj Kumar Mohapatra said the recent census report indicates that the population of the endangered reptiles marginally increased as last year the forest officia

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to shift all the 700 families of Satabhaya village in Rajnagar block of Kendrapara district within the next three months because of sea erosion. All the families will be rehabilitated at Bagapatia near Gupti in the same district.

Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik reviewed the situation at a high level meeting here on Tuesday.

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday issued a high alert to six coastal districts over a depression in the Bay of Bengal which is likely to intensify further and make landfall tomorrow.

The alert was issued in the districts of Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore, while others were also asked to keep a vigil, an official at the special relief commissioner's of

KENDRAPARA: Panic gripped seaside villages in Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts with tidal waves lashing the villages from Wednesday causing extensive damage to agricultural land in a couple of blocks.

In Keruapala village under Rangani gram panchayat in Rajnagar block a sluice gate collapsed on Thursday, as a result about 4,000 acres were inundated with saline water.

KENDRAPARA: WHEN Santosh Mandal built his house in seaside Suniti village under Mahakalapada block three decades back, he sunk a tube well for water. He struck clean water barely at 10 feet depth.

Today, water in the tubewell has gone below 70 feet.

KENDRAPARA: The crusade against illegal prawn farming is making inroads into seaside villages of Mahakalapada block. In the last two years, the forest and district officials have demolished 1,252 hectares out of the 2,529 hectares being used for prawn farming, said Prasanna Kumar Behera, the divisional forest officer of Bhitarkanika National Park.

CUTTACK: The Mahandi Banchao Andolan against diversion of water from the Mahanadi river to industries on Friday transformed into a full blown agitation with people from across the districts of Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Puri converging here to launch the movement.

KENDRAPARA: Basanti Jena of Rankal village here earns Rs 130 by selling 10 litres milk everyday. But life was not the same for her five years back as the same business fetched her a paltry sum. Her fortune got a boost with the setting up of Karandia milk production centre here.

KENDRAPARA: About 50 saltwater crocodile nests have been spotted near the creeks, nullahs and river system under Bhitarkanika National Park by the forest officials, during the ongoing nesting season.