Orissa flood situation continues to be grim

Orissa flood situation continues to be grim


Heavy rains flood the Sun temple in Konark in Puri, Orissa on Tuesday. PTI

The low pressure crossed the land near Balasore town in northern Balasore district on Monday night. The rain  toll in the state was officially put at 37 by Tuesday afternoon. The toll is expected to rise further, a spokesman at the state government’s revenue control room, said.

According to information available in the control room, ten districts of the state—Bhadrakh, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Nayagarh, Sonepur and Sundergarh—have been severely affected by the current floods.

Many people in these districts still remain marooned by the flood waters. “More than 10,000 people have already been rescued from the marooned villages. The evacuation is still on,” the spokesperson said. Forty-three relief camps had already been opened in different districts for the flood-hit people.

The floods have washed away and damaged more than a thousand houses in different districts. Highways and bridges have also been washed away at many places. “A detailed assessment of the damage is on,” an official in the revenue department said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the flood situation at a high-level meeting held here on Monday evening. All senior officers of different departments attended the meeting. “The district collectors have been directed to provide adequate relief to all the flood victims. The situation is being monitored,” Patnaik told newspersons after the review meeting.

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