14 lakh hit, 17 killed in Odisha floods

Bhubaneswar, August 30

Several villages in coastal Odisha had been inundated by flood waters of the Mahanadi on Sunday with over 10 lakh cusecs flowing by Mundali barrage close to Cuttack, officers mentioned.

As many as 17 folks have died whereas over 14 lakh folks in 20 districts had been affected because of floods, the state authorities mentioned.

Noting that an influx of even 7 lakh cusecs (19,821,900 litres per second) at Mundali normally triggers flood within the Daya and the Bhargavi, the 2 tributaries of the Mahanadi, Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena mentioned the flood waters have submerged many villages in Kanasa and Delang blocks in Puri district inflicting two breaches within the embankments of the Daya and one other within the Rajua in Khurda district.

The breaches can be repaired instantly after the flood water recedes, he mentioned. The swollen river additionally flooded villages in Banki space of Cuttack district and affected highway communication.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is slated to go to the flood-affected areas and maintain a gathering with senior officers in regards to the state of affairs on Monday, Chief Secretary AK Tripathy mentioned.

In Lucknow, over 600 villages in 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been affected by floods, with the Sharda and the Saryu rivers flowing above the hazard mark at some locations within the state, a authorities official mentioned on Sunday.

Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal mentioned of 690 villages, 299 are fully flooded.

In Maharashtra, heavy rains continued to pound elements of Nagpur, forcing the authorities involved to evacuate 14,000 folks. The administration needed to name the National Disaster Response Force and the Army to rescue folks at some locations.

In Delhi, Yamuna is flowing near warning mark, officers mentioned. — Agencies

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