Fresh floods hit 900 Orissa villages

September 23rd, 2011 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Sep 23 (IANS) At least 900 villages in seven of Orissa’s 30 districts have been marooned by a fresh round of floods caused by heavy rains over the past three days, an official said Friday. One person has been killed.

The rains, triggered by a depression over the Bay of Bengal, have so far hit half a million people in Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts, the official of the state flood control room told IANS.

While the latest floods in Brahmani and Baitarani rivers have hit Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, and Keonjhar, the district of Mayurbhanj has been affected severely due to high flood in the Budhabalanga river.

The state government has decided to resume airdropping of food and essential goods in the affected areas from Saturday, he said.

Floods triggered by heavy rains and release of huge quantities of water from Hirakud dam had earlier this month killed about 42 people and hit about four million in Orissa’s 19 districts, including in the regions affected by the fresh floods.

At least one person has been reported dead in the flood water in Kendrapada district Friday, the official said.

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