Heavy rain kills one in Orissa, disrupts normal life

August 9th, 2008 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Aug 9 (IANS) Heavy rain over the past two days has disrupted life in the state killing at least one person in Rayagada district, official said Saturday. The incessant rain has also affected road and railway traffic and triggered flash floods in two districts, officer on special duty in the state emergency control room Rajashree Singh told IANS.

Rain above 34.5 mm is considered heavy and above 124.5 mm is considered very heavy. Over the last two days Kalahandi district has witnessed very heavy rain, Rajashree explained.

Road communication in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts has been disrupted in many places. All the rivers have swelled with Hati River in Kalahandi flowing above the danger level, the official added.

The situation may worsen as the meteorological office has predicted more rain in the next 24 hours in most places in the state.

The met office has warned fishermen not to venture out to sea.

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