Death toll in Orissa floods rises to 15

Villagers watch as river Badanadi floods over Bhanjanagar-Belguntha bridge in Ganjam District on Tuesday, around 300 km from Bhubaneswar. PTI

The torrential rains continued to lash most parts of the state for the fourth consecutive day disrupting the public transport system and hitting normal life, forcing thousands of people to stay stranded.

“The death toll due to flash floods has risen to 15” Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Surya Narayan Patro said.

The district of Nayagarh reported the highest number of deaths on Monday evening, where seven people died. Other deaths have also been reported from the districts of Kandhamal, Koraput, Bhadrak and Keonjhar.

Most of the deaths were due to drowning and took place during the past three days, officials said.

The meteorological office has predicted more rains during the next 24 hours and Patro said the government has alerted collectors of all districts to remain alert to meet the challenges.
“No officials in the flood prone regions would be allowed to go on leave at this moment” Patro said.

In the past 24 hours several places recorded high rain fall. The highest 135.8 mm rain fall was recorded at Titlagarh town, the Bhubaneswar meteorological centre said.
Damages are caused due to floods mainly in three major rivers Mahanadi, Brahmani, and Baitarani.” The water level of these rivers have crossed warning level in some places, state flood control room officials said.

The flood water in the Mahanadi River was flowing near Naraj at 25.46 meters against the warning level of 25.41 meters Wednesday morning at 6 a.m.” control room officials said.

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