Orissa floods: Water recedes, rescue efforts on

With flood waters of Mahanadi river system slowly receding in the delta region, Orissa govt accelerated relief work in the affected areas.

Updated: Sep 13, 2011, 12:38 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With flood waters of Mahanadi
River system slowly receding in the delta region, Orissa
government on Tuesday accelerated relief work in the affected areas
with focus on health care, sanitation and supply of safe
drinking water.

As discharge of water from Hirakud Dam was drastically
cut to about 1.07 lakh cusec following reduced inflow into the
reservoir, water level in Mahanadi delta region started
falling though vast areas still remain submerged, official
sources said here.

The situation has improved in many areas of coastal
Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Khurda, Jajpur and
Nayagarh districts as release of water into the sea was

The floods have affected 14 lakh people in 19 of the 30
districts of the state. 17 people died in the floods and 11
are missing. Steps have been initiated for immediate
restoration of road communication to enable relief teams to
reach the affected people, they said.

At the same time, air dropping of food and other
essentials continued in most of the 1,100 marooned villages in
worst-hit Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Puri districts with
the help of four helicopters.

The health department rushed medical teams to districts
like Kendrapara and Puri with medicines, halogen tablets, ORS
packets and anti-venom injections, a senior official said,
adding efforts were on to prevent outbreak of water-borne
diseases.

PTI