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Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Orissa: 70 villages hit by floods

Bhubaneswar, Oct. 7 (PTI): Heavy rains in South Orissa, under the influence of the depression which had formed over the Bay off Gopalpur has triggered floods in several rivers affecting 70 villages in Ganjam District.

Residents of 11 villages had been shifted to safer places as the flood waters had overtopped the embankments, official sources said.

The depression, in the meanwhile, had crossed the Andhra Pradesh Coast near Kalingapatnam and lay centred this morning about 100 km East of Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh, the weather office here said while predicting more rains at most places over Orissa during the next 24 hours.

Incessant rains had been lashing the State, particularly the southern districts and coastal belt, for the last four days affecting normal life and virtually ruining the Durga puja festival which ended on Sunday.

Official reports said the Ghodahada and Bahuda rivers had inundated about 70 villages in Ganjam District under Chikiti, Patrapur, Sanakhemundi and Digapahandi Blocks.

The Rushikulya, Vansadhara, Hadabhangi, Badanadi, Loharkhandi and Bagi were in spate with the Rushikulya flowing above the danger mark at Purushottampur and Surada.

The river was flowing at 17.76 metres at Purushottampur against the red mark of 16.83 metres and 82.36 metres at Surada against the danger level of 81.99 metres, they said.

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