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Thursday, October 09, 2003
India: Death toll in Orissa flood rises to 8: "India: Death toll in Orissa flood rises to 8
BHUBANESWAR: The death toll caused by incessant rains and floods in several Orissa districts has mounted to eight even as several rivers in spate showed a declining trend.
Reports of five casualties were received from Ganjam district which was lashed by heavy rains for over 96 hours triggering floods in the Rushikulya, Ghodahada, Bahuda, Bagi and Badanadi rivers.
Three deaths reported from Kendrapara district on Monday which was badly affected by the rains.
The Rushikulya, which had badly affected vast areas in the Ganjam district, was receding and was flowing at 17.98 m at Purushottampur against the danger mark of 16.83 m.
The floods had affected a population of about 3.5 lakh (350,000) people in the southern and northern districts of which 2.5 lakh (250,000) people had been hit in Chikiti, Patrapur, Sanakhemundi, Digapahandi and Seragada blocks of Ganjam. "