Friday, October 25, 2013

Odisha: Flash flood ravage Ganjam district, at least 10 killed

Bhubansewar: At least ten people have been killed and 50,000 people evacuated as flash flood inundated 129 villages in five blocks of Odisha\'s cyclone-hit Ganjam district along with some areas in Gajapati.

Heavy rains for the last 3-4 days have led to water level of the rivers crossing the danger mark.

The state administration has ordered closing down of schools and colleges in the flood affected areas.

The blocks affected in flash flood include Chikiti, Hinjili, Sana Khemundi, Patrapur, Dharakote, Aska, Parlakhemundi, Mohana. Some areas of Gajapati district were also reported to have been affected.

Special Relief Commissioner PK Mohapatra said the collectors of all coastal districts have been directed to evacuate people from low-lying areas.

Two persons have died in wall collapse due to rain in Khallikote and Rangeilunda since yesterday, district emergency officer Mahendra Panda said.

About 40,000 marooned people had been evacuated from Patrapur, Sana Khemundi, Chikiti, Digappahandi, Hinjili, Sheragada and Purushottampur in Ganjam, he said.
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