Bhubaneswar, Oct 14: At least 21 people have died in the severe cyclonic storm Phailin that swept the Odisha coast on Saturday night.
Briefing newsmen here on Monday, Special Relief Commissioner PK Mohapatra informed that of the 21 deaths, nine people have died in Ganjam district, three each in Balasore and Puri districts, two in Nayagarh and one each in Balangir, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda and Bhadrak district.
Mohapatra also said that a total of 15,315 villages in 110 blocks have been affected while there are reports about the death of nearly 830 cattle and several thousands of birds in the devastating storm.
Referring to the crop loss, the SRC said nearly 6 lakh hectares of crop lands have been severely damaged.
He also said that the flood situation is grim in Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts due to incessant rains for three days since Friday last.
The flood waters of Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga rivers are flowing over the danger mark while rain waters have flooded the streets of Baripada and Balasore towns, he informed.
Mohapatra said air-dropping of relief packets has started on Monday morning in the flood-hit areas.
Meanwhile, the Indian Coast Guards personnel on Monday rescued 18 crew members from MV-Bingo ship which was stranded away from the Paradip coast during the storm.