In Odisha, about 24 lakh people in 24 districts have been affected by the recent incessant rains triggered by the depression over the Bay of Bengal. While six persons have died due to rain related mishaps, more than 7500 houses have also been damaged.
AIR correspondent reports that after battering the state for over 48 hours, the depression has moved away but not before causing a heavy dent on the life and property of the people of the state. According to preliminary report at least six persons lost their lives-5 in wall collapse and one in drowning- while two are still missing. The torrential rains caused massive inundation of agricultural land to the tune of about 1.3 lakh hectares besides forcing about 5000 villages get waterlogged.
Even urban centres like the twin cities of capital Bhubaneswar and Cuttack suffered water logging especially in the low lying tracts. Though many rivers including the Mahanadi are in spate, full scale flood in any of the adjoining areas, is a distant possibility as of now. While rescue and relief operations are still carried out by teams of NDRF and ODRAF, the state government has asked for detailed report on rain-induced damage from the concerned district collectors in about a week’s time.