Floods maroon people in Balasore district of Orissa

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Chhatarpur (Madhya Pradesh)/Balosore (Orissa), June 20 : People marooned in flash floods in Balasore in Orissa have alleged tardy pace in relief operations.

About one million people in 887 villages have been affected by flash floods and are scattered between camps, highways and makeshift shelters on higher ground.

The incessant rains have swollen the Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga and Baitarni rivers causing havoc in the district and adjoining areas.

Officials said about four thousand people have been evacuated from marooned villages of worst affected Balasore district.

The deluge-ravaged people alleged that even after four days of heavy floods, the relief has not reached them.

"Since last few days, this area is flooded with water. The water level instead of decreasing is on a constant rise. We haven't received any aid from the government's side. Due to excessive water in my kitchen, I am not able to cook food. We haven't eaten for three days," said Kanchani, resident.

Hundreds of people are camping on highways and authorities have asked them to move to higher ground, saying the weather could worsen in next few days.

The state government has requested Air Force authorities to send two more helicopters to expedite relief works.

State Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal said that the flood situation is being assessed while the relief operations have begun.

"A lot of damage due to erosion and flood has happened. Schools, important institutes along with households have suffered great losses. For a permanent solution, we have formed an expert team of chief engineer, and other members. We are trying hard to solve the problem," said Samal.

In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, the drought hit Chhatarpur region too is reeling under flash floods following heavy rains.

The floods have affected road transport in the area.

Vehicles are stranded on the roads. At one place a truck overturned as a bridge over a flooded stream collapsed.

"Unfortunately, it was raining heavily at that time and due to excessive water in stream the driver of this truck lost control and the truck turned upside down. The cleaner and the driver have got trapped in it. Even now the water level is rising continuously. We are making all efforts to rescue them," said J R Lokre, Sub divisional officer, Bada Malahara, Chhatarpur.

For four years Chhatarpur had not seen a drop of water, but the incessant rains this season has instead of bringing succour caused more miseries to the people.

ANI

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