Bhubaneswar: The death toll in Odisha floods rose to four on Tuesday, as the state government sounded an alert in 12 districts in view of the likelihood of heavy rainfall due to depression, though the overall situation improved slightly.
While two persons had perished in floods in Kalahandi district earlier, two more deaths were reported in Malkangiri district on Tuesday.
A five-year-old girl died due to wall collapse at a village in Padia area of Malkangiri, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupad Sethi said.
A 30-year-old farmer died after being washed away by gushing water from a nullah at Gorakhunta village under Malkangiri police station limit, Inspector In-Charge of Malkangiri police station Ranjan Kumar Sahu said.
Around 65,000 people were affected by the flood.
As Malkangiri and Nabrangpur also came under the grip of flood, vast areas in these two districts were inundated due to flood in small hilly rivers and nullahs, snapping road communication.
There was no heavy rainfall in the two districts since Monday night following which the administration has geared up relief operation with the help of NGOs, he said.
However, a report from Kalahandi said Hati river was again in spate after the water level had fallen considerably due to release of water from Indravati project, local rain and rain in catchment areas.
The state government pressed into service a Coast Guard aircraft to assess the situation in two villages of Niyamgiri hills which were cut off due to flash flood caused by incessant rains.
Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 15:34 PM