Bhubaneswar: Heavy rains triggered by a
fresh low pressure system compounded the plight of the flood-affected people in coastal Orissa Wednesday though flood waters receded from most of the deluged areas.
Fresh rainfall since last evening hampered relief and reconstruction operations and added to the woes of the people
still sheltered on river embankments and other open spaces for
about a fortnight, official sources said here today.
The meteorological centre said under the impact of the
system, intensified into a Well Marked Low Pressure Area,
heavy to very heavy rain may occur at some places over north
and south Orissa during the next two days.
The met office also predicted surface wind with a speed
between 45 and 65 kmph along and off coastal region and
advised fishermen not to venture into the sea.
Incessant rains lashed most parts of coastal region in
Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Khurda, Jajpur and
Bhadrak districts, the sources said.
It was alleged that a large number of flood-hit people
in these areas are yet to get polythene sheets from the
administration despite chief minister Naveen Patnaik`s
instruction issued over a week ago to the officials to make
arrangements for the same immediately.
A senior official claimed that distribution of
polythene and other materials was affected as officials in the
districts were busy in the exercise of preparing damage
assessment to be submitted to the Centre as early as possible.