After cyclone, Odisha faces flood
Bhubaneswar: Heavy rains caused by cyclone Phailin triggered floods in major rivers in five districts of Odisha today with over 2.5 lakh people marooned in worst-hit Balasore as the twin calamity affected over 1.2 crore people and the death toll has risen to 25.
The death toll in the impact of the cyclone has risen to 25 with four people being killed in the floods in Mayurbanj and Bhadrak districts. Phailin, which claimed 21 lives, has dissipated but the heavy rains and floods in its aftermath is a cause of concern, Odisha Revenue and Disaster Management minister S N Patro said.
Apart from Balasore, four other districts – Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Keonjhar came under the surging flood waters as major rivers like Subarnarekha, Budhabalang, Baitarani and Jalaka were in spate, Patro said.
The twin calamity of cyclone and the resultant floods affected over 1.2 crore people in the state as more than 10.13 lakh people were evacuated to safe places, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said.
Teams from Army, Navy and IAF besides NDRF and ODRAF were deployed for rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas in the state while air dropping of food packets was launched in Balasore where 7.1 lakh people were affected by floods, the SRC said.
Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central), Aravind Padhee, who is camping in Balasore to monitor relief work, said as many as 930 villages in 12 blocks were affected by floods in the district.
Mohapatra said the flood situation in Balasore district was 'critical' with flood waters of Budhabalang river inundating villages in Remuna, Balasore sadar, Jaleswar and Bhograi blocks.
Patro said besides flooding many areas in Balasore, Budhabalang has also inundated 10 blocks in neighbouring Mayurbhanj district. Besides Baripada, the district headquarter town of Mayurbhanj, Betanati and Badasahi blocks have been severely hit in the floods.