No let-up for states ravaged by floods
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.
A villager carries an elderly man to safety after crossing floodwaters in the eastern Indian state of Orissa