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India: Orissa Flood Sitrep 7 Sep 2003 2300 hrs

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NATURE OF DISASTER: FLOODS
The state of Orissa is reeling under severe floods since the 27th of August 2003. Continuous rains in the upper and lower catchment areas of the Mahanadi river system adjoining the state of Chhattisgarh have worsened the current situation. 19 out of 30 districts have been affected so far, namely Angul, Bargarh, Boudh, Bolangir, Cuttack, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kendrapada, Khordha, Nayagarh, Puri, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sonepur, Koraput, and Nuapada. National, State, military, and paramilitary forces have been mobilized to assist in the severely affected districts. Road and communication infrastructure have also been badly hit in some parts of the state. Sundergarh has experienced flash floods on the 5th of September affecting Gurundia and Bonai blocks. No damage has been reported so far.

The water level of Hirakud reservoir as on 7th September, 2003 at 1800 hrs was 628.65 feet. The inflow to the reservoir is 5, 78,000 and the outflow is 5, 78,000. Naraj Barrage is releasing 9.6 lakhs cusecs of water resulting in the rise of water level in River Kathjodi but no serious threats are being assesses now and the situation is being closely monitored.

WEATHER FORECAST: Yesterday's low pressure area over northwest & adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal now lies over Northwest Bay of Bengal & with associated upper air cyclonic circulation extending up to mid-tropospheric level. There is a warning of isolated, but heavy rainfall at different places in Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and coastal Andhra Pradesh. Rain/thundershowers at many places in Orissa, East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and at a few places in the rest region. Heavy warning: Isolated heavy rainfall in Uttaranchal, West Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

DAMAGE DETAILS:

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Total no. of Districts affected
19
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Total no. of Blocks affected
96
3
Total no. of GPs affected
1,129
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Total no. of villages affected
5,199
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Villages Marooned
1,400
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Population affected
2,965,986
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Casualties: Human lives lost
31
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Casualties: Livestock lost
1,886
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No. of houses affected
102,378
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Crop Area affected
4.105 lakh Hectares
11
No of boats deployed
993
12
No of people evacuated
102401

PROJECTED THREATS IN GENERAL

Breaches at several places have led to sand casting on agricultural fields thereby aggravating the plight of the farmers.

As the embankments are made from alluvial soil there is threat of high seepage and piping rate leading to their gradual weakening.

Due to contamination of drinking water sources, diarrhea cases are likely to increase. So far 616 diarrhea cases as on 1st September, 03 have been reported in the flood affected districts. Lack of safe drinking water would lead to water born diseases in Kendrapada.

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MAP - Crop Area Damaged by Orissa Flood - 2003

MAP - Population Affected by Orissa Flood - 2003

MAP - Houses damaged by Orissa Flood - 2003