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Fresh areas inundated in Orissa
September 25, 2008 14:44 IST
Last Updated: September 25, 2008 14:49 IST
The flood situation in Orissa worsened on Thursday after 43 new breaches on embankments in the Mahanadi delta region submerged more areas even as the deluge claimed 48 lives so far.
"Fresh areas were inundated as the number of breaches in
What added to the agony of the flood-hit regions was the intermittent rain in most of the affected coastal districts including Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur as most of the victims were still on highways and open areas.
40 lakh people in 6,000 villages in 18 districts of the state were affected by the devastating floods, the administration had only 1500 odd boats at their disposal for relief and rescue work, sources said.
Recsue and relief operation with the help of choppers had limited impact as most of the materials were wasted as they fell into water.
Over 3.77 lakh people have been evacuated in the flood affected areas so far with the help of air-force choppers and boats, they said.
As many as 471 free kitchens were operated to feed the flood affected people, while helicopters made 56 sorties air dropping relief materials and food packets besides rescuing people from marooned areas.
About 11.5 lakh water pouches were distributed by the relief teams and 4775 mt of cattle feed supplied.
The water level of the
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