Fresh flood submerges 600 villages in Orissa

Flood condition worsened in Orissa Friday with four major rivers submerging around 600 villages in the state.

Updated: Sep 23, 2011, 16:08 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Flood condition worsened in
Orissa Friday with four major rivers submerging around 600 villages in the state.

Fresh flood in Brahmani, Baitarani, Budhabalang and
Subarnarekha rivers following a heavy downpour wrecked havoc
in Jajpur, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Balasore and
Mayurbjanj districts, officials said.

"Jajpur was cut off from rest of the state as a portion
of 120-year-old bridge on Baitarani river at Sathipur caved
in," District Collector Anil Samal said.

"Vast stretches of national highways connecting Panikoili to Keonjhar, Keonjhar-Jashipur and Kamakhyanagar-Bhubana were inundated in flood waters, paralysing vehicular movement," Works Secretary S K Ray said.
Also several state highways in Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Jajpur,
Dhenkanal, Kendrapara and Mayurbhanj were submerged in many
places, throwing traffic out of gear.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the
flood situation at a high-level meeting here and deputed three
senior officials to worst-hit Jajpur, Bhadrak and Kendrapara
to monitor and supervise rescue and relief work.
Helicopters available with the state for anti-Naxal
operation will be pressed into service for air dropping of
relief materials for the marooned people from tomorrow,
Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said.

PTI