Monday, 14 October 2013

Odisha toll 21 as cyclone Phailin triggers flood (update)

The death toll in Odisha today mounted to 21 after 14 more people perished while one was missing in four districts of the state in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin that also triggered a flood in some areas.

Most of the casualties were caused by wall collapse, uprooted trees and in floods, while a large number of people were injured, official sources said.

Two bodies each were found in Berhampur town, Purushottampur, Ganjam town and Rangelilunda areas of Ganjam district where the high-velocity cyclone left a trail of devastation after making landfall in Gopalpur area yesterday.

Bodies of a woman and a 13-year-old boy were found in Khantapada and Soro areas in Balasore district.

Death of a woman and a boy were reported from Mayurbhanj district while another boy and a woman died in Bhadrak district where a boy was missing, the sources said.

Seven people were killed yesterday at Polasara and Khalikote areas of Ganjam district.

The cyclone led to floods in the two districts of Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj where near half of Baripada town was submerged.

"Post-Phailin, we are alert to rise in water level in rivers because of downpour across the state. Water level of rivers Budhabalang, Baitarani and Rusikulya have risen," Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra told reporters here.

The flood water of Budhabalang entered Baripada town causing panic among local people.

The administration shifted patients of the district headquarters hospital in Baripada town from the ground floor to the first to as flood water gushed into the premises.

Besides the town, several villages in Kuliana, Bangirposi and Betanati areas were inundated by flood water, according to district emergency office sources.

While flood water was flowing over Bangirposi-Bhuasuni bridge, road communication was disrupted.

The flood threat was also felt in Bhadrak district as river Baitarani rose up to the danger mark, said Rajendra Panda, District Emergency Officer.

The Kuansh Bridge over river Salandi has been damaged.

However, there was no flood threat in Mahanadi river system, the special relief commissioner said.

Monday 14 October 2013


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