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Ramakanta Biswas

Heavy rain that lashed many parts of Odisha and the consequent flood-related mishaps have claimed the lives of at least six people in the State in the last few days, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said on Wednesday. 

As per a preliminary report received from districts, six human causalities have been reported including three from Kendrapara district due to wall collapse, one each from Ganjam and Subarnapur districts due to wall collapse and one from Khordha district due to drowning, the SRC report said.

Two more persons one each from Cuttack Nishintakoili and Bolangir Puintala are missing, SRC Pradeep Jena added.

“Two persons missing reported (One person missing due to drowning in Nischintakoili Block of Cuttack district and one other missing in Laxmi fore nullah of Puintala Block in Balangir district. Detail investigation is going on by the District Administration,” he stated in a report. 

As per the data shared by the office of the SRC, as many as 23,82,795 people of 4964 villages under 139 blocks in 24 districts have been affected due to incessant rain triggered by low pressure which subsequently intensified into a deep-depression. 

At least 7540 houses have been damaged due to the rain while 20552 people have been evacuated so far. 

Yesterday, the SRC directed the Collectors of all districts to assess damage to private properties due to the heavy rain and furnish the assessment report within a week i.e. by September 22 for allotment of funds for disbursement.

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