With Saberi and Poteru rivers in spate following heavy rains once again in Malkangiri, Odisha has now witnessed floods in five phases in the last two months which has, so far, claimed 18 lives.
An assessment by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Office revealed that at least 1,272 villages of 38 blocks in six districts have been hit by the floods.
Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj have been affected by the flash floods. So far, Mahanadi has been quiet.
The floods led to crop loss in 19,798 hectares agricultural land, while 604 hectares were sand cast. In Malkangiri district, at least 95 hectares land was lost to landslide, the report stated. As many as 18 persons were killed in the deluge which damaged 5,112 houses.
Malkangiri reported nine deaths followed by two each in Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Kalahandi districts. The State Government released Rs 15.39 crore towards assistance and relief to the affected districts.
Since June 1, the State has received 670.3 mm rain, 9 per cent more than the normal rainfall of 613.8 mm. At least 17 districts received more than normal rainfall while 10 districts recorded normal showers (estimated as a deviation of 19 per cent on either sides). Kalahandi has recorded 70 per cent more than normal rainfall while Nabarangpur district reported 67 per cent more than normal rainfall.
Three districts showed deficient rainfall with Jagatsinghpur reporting close to 29 per cent deficiency. Boudh recorded 25 per cent while Bhadrak reported 22 per cent deficiency.
If a block-wise deficiency is calculated, as many as 64 blocks reported deficient rainfall during the monsoon.