Orissa flood toll hits 59, Bihar in bad state
A second spell of floods in Orissa, within 15 days of the first, has killed 17 people in the last three days, taking the official toll to 59. HT reports.india Updated: Sep 26, 2011 02:04 IST
A second spell of floods in Orissa, within 15 days of the first, has killed 17 people in the last three days, taking the official toll to 59. Experts described the floods this month as the worst Orissa has faced in three decades, more destructive than those in 1982 and 2008.
The state on Sunday stepped up relief operations in 10 districts reeling under the floods, which began on September 23 after a depression over the Bay of Bengal triggered heavy rains.
According to officials, the floods have affected more than 2.1 million people in 3,128 villages.
“We have engaged six helicopters to air-drop relief materials and for rescue operations. About five teams from the National Disaster Response Force will join the operations from Monday,” said state special relief commissioner PK Mohapatra.
On Orissa’s request, defence minister AK Antony directed the air force to deploy more helicopters to speed up rescue and relief operations.
The first flood spell on September 9 had hit 19 of the state’s 30 districts. The state had then sought R2,121 crore central government assistance.
Meanwhile, the flood situation in five districts of Bihar worsened with the discharge of 9.58 lakh cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water into the Sone river from the Bansagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and the Rihand Dam in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours.
Train services were affected with floodwater inundating tracks at several places. Chief minister Nitish Kumar asked officials to keep a close watch on the situation in Bhagalpur, Khagaria and Katihar districts along the Ganga, which has swollen due to the Sone water.
Heavy downpour in the catchments areas of the Sone led to the collapse of several mud houses. Rohit Kumar, 8, was killed and his sister Gudia, 6, was injured when their mud house collapsed in Rohtas block.