Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 10:
The death toll in the current flood and heavy rains in Odisha has risen to 45 and the total number of people affected in the state is nearly 33 lakh, a release from the State Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office said this evening.
According to the release, 5312 villages across 1381 Gram Panchayats and 134 blocks in the state have been hit by flood; 4, 87,817 people in 460 villages are still marooned and there have been 38 breaches in the river embankments so far.
The figure of livestock casulaties stands at 97 while 3, 22,163 hectares of crop area have been affected.
As many as 168 relief centres with free kitchens, which have been opened across the flood-hit areas, have been serving cooked food to 1,19, 814 beneficiaries, the release informed. The highest number of free kitchens- 51- have come up in Puri district, whereas there are 51 and 45 free kitchens in Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts respectively.
A total of 603 boats have been deployed for relief and rescue operation, the release said.