Depression in Odisha, more rains predicted

2 killed, 40,000 people already hit by floods
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18 Jul 2017

The low pressure over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression today, raising the likelihood of more rainfall in Odisha, which is experiencing heavy downpour for the past three days.
As sea condition would be rough to very rough under the influence of the depression, the MeT office advised fishermen not to venture into the sea. Monday's 'Well Marked Low Pressure Area' concentrated into a depression and lay centred about 120 km east-southeast of Gopalpur and 80 km south-southeast of Puri, the MeT office here said today. Under its impact, rain and thundershower are likely to occur at many places of the state. Strong gusty surface wind from northeasterly direction in north Odisha coast and northwesterly direction in south coast are also likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast. In view of the weather conditions, advice was issued for hoisting Local Cautionary Signal Number Three (LC-III) in all ports in Odisha.
Toll in the flash floods in Odisha's Rayagada and Kalahandi districts rose to two today while eight others were injured as the state government stepped up relief and rescue operations in the affected areas. Flash floods, triggered by incessant rains, in rivers of Nagavali and Kalyani in Rayagada district and Hati and Tel rivers in Kalahandi, affected around 40,000 people in 80 villages. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who reviewed the flood situation at the state secretariat, said: "The situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi district is improving and is under control. Free kitchens have been opened in affected areas. Air dropping of relief materials has been undertaken in Rayagada." The reports on the death of two persons came from Kalahandi district, special relief commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi told news agency PTI. While one person died in a landslide, another man drowned, Sethi said, adding three persons were injured after a wall collapsed in Kalahandi district.
Similarly, five persons were injured in wall collapse incidents in Rayagada district and all of them were admitted to government hospitals, sources in the SRC office said. On the flood situation in Rayagada district, Sethi said more than 28,000 people in 50 villages under Rayagada Block and 20 villages under Kalyansinghpur Block have been affected. Extensive damage has occurred to four Public Works Department (PWD) and other roads, he said.
Waters of Hati and Tel river breached the embankments flooding Thuamulrampur, Kalampur, Koksara and Jaipatna Blocks in Kalahandi district. Around 11,000 people in 10 villages have been affected by this flash flood, Sethi said. Meanwhile, the government stepped up rescue and relief operation in the affected area.