Violent clashes between religious groups of Hindus and Christians have left 35 dead in Kandhamal Districts in India's eastern state of Orissa. The frightened Christian population, apprehending more trouble, have left their villages for secure, yet crowded, relief camps. Many have left for other cities.
Providing safe drinking water and sanitation remain the priority in the flood affected areas as a majority of the people have yet to be reached by medical team. The logistic challenges to rescue marooned people continues 11 days after the floods.
The district administration of Puri has now initiated steps to enforce sanitation in the affected areas as the authorities initiated steps to clear inhabitations of thousands of rotting carcasses of animals and birds killed in the recent flood. This has been done to prevent any out break of disease.