OdishaFlood2011

Bhubaneswar, Sep 17 (excerpt from PTI) The situation arising out of the fresh flood in the river Brahmani was under control today as the Orissa government asked the Centre to provide at least one lakh housing units under the Indira Awas Yojana and seeds for the rabi season to the flood-hit people."Though the water level in the river Brahmani is above the danger level, the situation is under control. The authorities of Bhadrak and Jajapur are on the alert," The chief secretary said water level in most places in the Mahanadi delta region had receded though some villages continued to remain marooned in Puri district."Some villages in Delang and Kanas areas of Puri district remain marooned. The villages are accessible by boat," Patnaik said.With Union Minister of State for Agriculture Harish Rawat visiting Orissa, the state government demanded one lakh housing units under IAY as an estimated 55,044 houses were damaged in 13 of the 19 flood-hit districts affecting about 28.44 lakh people."At least 55,044 houses were found damaged according to preliminary estimates. The number will certainly rise after the final report is received," he said.The state has also asked the Centre to provide seeds for the rabi crop as farmers lost stored seeds, he said.Meanwhile, 33,000 affected people in Kendrapara, Jajpur, Subarnapur and Jharsuguda districts were being given food in 120 relief camps while many returned home after water receded in the Mahanadi river system.1,212 boats were deployed for rescue and relief operations.Human casualty in the calamity rose to 33 and 12 others were missing. Eleven people died in Jajpur district followed by 10 in Kendrapara. Other deaths were reported from Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Puri and Sambalpur.2.58 lakh people were evacuated from low-lying areas, Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said.The chief secretary has directed authorities to furnish damage assessment reports by September 20 in view of the visit by a Central team.
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