India: Orissa floods situation report, 1 Jul 2005, 5.15 pm

Incessant rains in the coastal districts of Orissa for the last few days due to a low pressure built over Bay of Bengal have resulted in rising of river Baitarani and its tributaries. The rivers are in spate and have affected 2 blocks of Bhadrak district and 2 blocks of Jajpur district. With less rainfall in the catchment areas of Baitarani River on 29 & 30th June’05, the water level has been reported to be falling, but situation downstream especially in Chandbali block of Bhadrak is likely to worsen. Situation is reported to be improving in Jajpur district with the receding of the water in the affected villages


Bhadrak District: A total of 132,000 people and 4783.43 Ha of crop area have been affected by the flood waters. Dhamnagar and Bhandaripokhari blocks have been affected. In Dhamnagar 19 Gram Panchayats (GPs) and 81 villages and in Bhandaripokhari - 7 GPs and 29 villages have been affected by flood water. No other losses have been reported so far. No damage to houses and public properties have been reported so far except road communication has been disrupted at two places, at Kothar on Bhadrak - Aradi road and at Dobal on Dobal - Sendhapur road. A death reported has not been confirmed

The flood situation aggravated due to breaches in the river embankments. Details of the breaches as follows

Gram Panchayat
Breach Point
Chandbali Sunderpur Doharapatna Baitarani (left embankment)
Chandbali Sunderpur Bilasahi Baitarani (left embankment)
Dhamnagar Nandigaon Maharkul Kochila (left embankment)
Dhamnagar Hosanabad Matasahi Kochila (right embankment)
Dhamnagar Dalanga Debatabadi Genguti (right embankment)
Dhamnagar Dalang Tota II Genguti (left embankment)
Dhamnagar Karada Dasrathdas Badi Genguti (right embankment)
Dhamnagar Dalanga Manatota Genguti (right embankment)
Dhamnagar Dalanga Rameswarpur Genguti (right embankment)
Dhamnagar Dalanga Jahangir Genguti (left embankment)

Jajpur District : The 2 blocks affected are Dasrathpur and Jajpur. Two Gram Panchayats of each of the blocks have been affected and four breaches have been reported.


The Revenue Minister of the State visited the flood affected areas of Bhadrak and Jaipur district.

The Sub-Collector is camping at the breach site at Dhamnagar and relief for three days has been initiated by the district administration.

The Orissa Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) has been stationed at Doabal and Dhusuri in Dhamnagar.

Twenty country boats have been deployed for rescue operations. Seven mobile health team have been deployed in the affected villages and 13 RWSS teams are engaged for disinfection of tube wells.



District Project Officer, GoI-UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme, Orissa

State Revenue Control Room, Orissa

For Further Information

G Padmanabhan
Emergency Analyst, UNDP
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