ACT Alert: Flooding in Orissa

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Geneva, 15 September 2011

1. Brief description of the emergency

Fresh rains triggered by a low pressure have compounded the plight of marooned people in flood-hit parts of Orissa. The flood affected people taking shelter under makeshift structures on highways were further affected as heavy rains lashed several areas of Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Khurda districts, official sources reported. Though water has receded from most places, some areas remain cut off from the rest of the state, a senior official said. The meteorological department has forecast more rain in coastal areas of Orissa and fishermen have been advised to be cautious while venturing out to sea.