No let-up for states rav­aged by floods

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

FRESH floods have killed at least 18 peo­ple in the same part of east­ern In­dia that this month saw the worst cy­clone to hit the coun­try in more than a decade, of­fi­cials say.

Tor­ren­tial rains made rivers spill their banks in In­dia’s east­ern coastal states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, forc­ing thou­sands to flee their homes and seek refuge in shel­ters.

‘‘The lat­est that we know is that 18 have died in to­tal,’’ in both states, Tripti Parule, spokes­woman for the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Agency , said yes­ter­day.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ported at least 30 dead from the floods, which have also dis­rupted train ser­vices in both states.

Some 30 res­cue teams, al­ready in­volved in mas­sive state-wide relief op­er­a­tions to fix homes and re­store ser­vices knocked out by cy­clone Phailin, have been de­ployed in the flood zone to give as­sis­tance, she said.

‘‘The ad­min­is­tra­tion was al­ready geared up for this sit­u­a­tion af­ter cy­clone Phailin. The pro­vi­sion of dry food, wa­ter pack­ets, medicines . . . all of it is be­ing taken care of by the states,’’ said Ms Parule, adding that she hoped the flood­ing would sub­side in 48 hours.

The cy­clone that struck In­dia’s east­ern coast ear­lier this month killed at least 22 peo­ple and left be­hind a trail of de­struc­tion.

Pic­ture: AP

A vil­lager car­ries an el­derly man to safety af­ter cross­ing flood­wa­ters in the east­ern In­dian state of Orissa

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