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4.79 lakh people affected in N Odisha floods

-- Efforts on to close 4 breaches, three dead so far

Bhubaneswar, July 31: Though the flood situation has improved as the rainfall considerably decreased during last three days, about 4.79 lakh people of 593 villages under 15 blocks and one urban local body in five districts, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhardak and Baleswar have been affected by the current spell of floods.

All three major rivers the Baitarani, the Budhabalang and the Subarnarekha in the northern Odisha which had experienced high flood have receded while all other rivers in the State are flowing much below the danger level, said SRC GVV Sarma.

Meanwhile, water from all villages which were marooned were cleared barring 10 villages under Bhogarai block in Baleswar and 10 other villages in Dasarathpur block in Jajpur district. Most of the evacuated people have returned to their home except 55 persons residing in one relief camps in Bhogarai block.

Efforts are on to close four breaches occurred near Ganeswarpur in Baitarani in Jajpur, near Khaljori in Chandabali block of Bhadrak in Baitarani, near Dahamunda of Bhogarai block in Subarnarekha in Baleswar and near Panchupada in Dasarathpur block in Kani in Jajpur district.

The Collectors of the northern districts have been kept on alert to meet any exigencies in view of the prediction of more rainfall under the influence of cyclonic storm Komen.

So far three persons have died and one is still missing in the flood. 

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