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Flood situation in Odisha worsens after cyclone Komen; 3 dead

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 31 July 2015, 14:59 IST

The Odisha government has issued a flood alert in the state in the wake of cyclone Komen which is expected to worsen the flood situation in five districts. So far three people have lost their lives while four lakh people have been affected.

Present situation

  • G V V Sarma, Special Relief Commissioner, has directed district collectors to remain alert for any eventuality.
  • According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the northern districts of Odisha are expected to experience heavy rainfall under the influence of Komen.
  • Three people have already died in the floods, their bodies retrieved by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF). Five districts, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, and 60 villages remain marooned for the second consecutive day, affecting about four lakh people.
  • Two breaches occurred on the Baitarani river, one in Jajpur district and the other in Bhadrak district. Breaches also formed on the Subarnarekha river in Balasore district and the Kani river in Jajpur district.
  • Relief supplies of 158 quintals of flattened rice and 15.6 quintals of molasses have been distributed among the affected people in the districts of Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

First published: 31 July 2015, 14:59 IST