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Flash flood hits north Orissa, one killed

Three districts of Orissa faced the fourth round of floods of the season, killing at least one.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2007 23:26 IST

With heavy rain lashing northern Orissa for the past two days, three districts on Sunday faced the fourth round of floods of the season, killing at least one person, officials said.

The situation could worsen in Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts as the metrological office here predicted more rain in the state over the next 24 hours to Monday evening.

"Balasore district has been badly hit in the latest flood. Its two northern blocks of Bhogarai and Baliapal - being cut off from the district headquarters as floodwaters of the Subarnarekha and Jalaka ran over all connecting roads to the region," District Collector AC Padhiary told IANS.

Both rivers were flowing above the danger mark throughout the day.

The district, which has three major rivers, has been battling with flood conditions since the first week July.

Bhogarai block has received the highest rainfall of 142 mm followed by Baliapal block (103 mm) and Balasore town (50mm) in 24 hours to Sunday evening.

"If rain doesn't stop it will create havoc in northern Balasore blocks," Arun Patnaik, executive engineer of the Balasore irrigation division, told IANS.

While the flood has marooned over three hundreds villages it has inundated at least 25,000 acres of cropland in the district, he said.

The situation was no better in neighbouring Bhadrak and Jajpur districts. The main river Baitarani, which passes through the two districts, was rising and expected to cross the danger level by Monday.

Several road links, electricity and telecommunication facilities were disrupted following breaches on connecting roads and river embankments. Thousands of people from riverside villages have taken shelter in cyclone shelters and schools.

The Balasore district administration, which has put all its functionaries on alert, reported one death Sunday due to lightning.

"We have already deployed four power boats for rescue operations. A team of the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) has been pressed into service. Rice and dry foods have been stocked in all flood-prone block headquarters," Balasore District Collector AC Padhiary told IANS.