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Orrisa flood toll rises to four

June 18, 2008 18:11 IST
Two more persons died on Wednesday in torrential rains and flash floods in Orissa, taking the toll in rain-related incidents to four.
 
Official sources said that two fresh casualties were reported from Mayurbhanj district where a three-year-old boy
was killed after a tree fell on his thatched house at Betanati and a seven-year-old girl died in wall collapse at Rairangpur.
    
Two persons lost their lives on Tuesday in rain-related incidents in the same district, where Baripada town and over 60 villages were severely affected by floods in rivers like Budha Balanga and Jambhira, sources said.
    
Balasore district on the West Bengal-Orissa border was also hit with over 50 villages in Baliapal, Basta and Bhogarai blocks badly affected as the swollen Subarnarekha river is set to touch the danger level of 10.36 metres at Rajghat.
   
While the Jalaka river was already flowing 1.75 metres above the danger level, rivers like the Sona, Jambhira and Gangahar were also in spate.
    
About half-a-dozen trains, including the Dhauli Express and the Jana Shatabdi Express which run between Howrah and Bhubaneswar, and the Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express were cancelled due to the inundation of tracks at some places, railway sources said.
    
Several other trains, including the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, were rescheduled and diverted via Sambalpur.
    
Relief and rescue operation were started by the state government in the affected areas of Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts.
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