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Orissa floods: 21 dead, 3 million affected

September 03, 2003 22:11 IST

Even as river levels in Orissa fell slightly on Wednesday, over 3 million people remained affected by the swirling waters of the Mahanadi.

The floods so far have claimed 21 lives, official sources said. Eleven people drowned in the floods, seven died in wall collapses and three deaths were caused by snake bites.

Floods in neighbouring Chhatisgarh, from where the Mahanadi originates, have increased the inflows into the Hirakud reservoir forcing the authorities to open 36 sluice gates to release over 600,000 cusecs of water into the river.

The discharge will keep the coastal plains flooded for the next 72 hours.

The good news is that it has stopped raining in both upper and lower catchment areas of the Mahanadi.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the situation is improving. "I hope and pray that it does not rain anymore," he told reporters at the state secretariat.

Earlier report: Orissa flood situation worsens


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Sub: Flood

I am very sad to hear the news. God bless all flood effected people in Orissa to give them strength to over come this situation.

Posted by nairkelath

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i pray to god that plz save who are affected on flood i pray who are dead in this incedent. this is the 2nd time ...

Posted by parthasarathi mishra

Sub: Sorry State

I'was surprised to read just a very small column in midday about this. because that news was no where published! It is really sorry to ...

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