India – 90,000 Affected by Floods in Odisha

Days of heavy rain from 05 September, 2018, caused flooding in several districts of Odisha in eastern India, affecting around 90,000 people.

Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha said that at least 41 locations recorded more than 100 mm of rain in 24 hours to 06 September, 2018 and a further 25 locations the next day.

The heavy rain caused the Baitarani river to overflow in several locations. On 07 September the river stood at 18.47 metres in Akhuapada, Bhadrak district, above the danger mark of 17.83 metres. CWC also says that levels of the Hirakud Dam in Sambalpur are extremely high.

As of 09 September, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs Disaster Management Division (DMD) reported that 13,890 people had evacuated their homes and were staying in 80 relief camps in Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara districts. Three teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed, consisting of 94 rescuers with 10 boats.

No deaths have been reported during this recent spate of flooding. However, DMD reports that, since the start of this year’s monsoon, 31 people have died in Odisha in rain-related incidents. Around 1.5 million people have been affected and almost half a million displaced.

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