India – More Flooding in Odisha After 600mm of Rain in 24 Hours

More heavy rain in India’s eastern Odisha state has forced around 45,000 people to evacuate and affected over 200,000.

Flood damage in Odisha, August 2019. Photo: Government of Odisha

Odisha’s Special Relief Organization said flooding had affected the districts of Bolangir, Boudh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Subarnapur, Bargarh and Kandhamal from around 12 August.

Over 120 relief have been set up to house those displaced including 18,000 in Bolangir, 19,693 in Boudh and 5,788 in Subarnapur.

Special Relief Organization said that Karlamunda in Kalahandi district recorded 608mm of rain in 24 hours to 13 August, and Bolangir in Bolangir district 555mm the next day.

Parts of the state saw flooding earlier this month, displacing around 6,500 people.

India’s National Emergency Response Centre reported on 13 August that 9 people have now died in Odisha since the start of the monsoon, including 4 fatalities over the last few days.

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