At least 17 people died while more than 10 000 houses were damaged by floods in India's Odisha state as of Monday, August 31, 2020. Although the situation has improved, over 1.4 million people remain affected across 20 districts.
The state saw days of heavy rainfall from August 25, with several places recording more than 200 mm (8 inches) in 24 hours. In Marshaghai, Kendrapara, 234 mm (9 inches) of rain fell in a 24-hour period to August 26, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported.
Downpours pushed rivers above the danger mark in five sites, including the Subarnarekha River in Baleshwar, which hit record levels of around 6.9 m (22.7 feet) on August 27.
The river was above the danger mark of 5.5 m (18 feet), beating the previous high of 6.8 m (22.3 feet), according to the Central Water Commission (CWC).
As of Monday, August 31, the rivers Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga, Baitarani, and Brahmani have been stable and flowing below the danger level, water resources secretary Anu Garg said. Three sluice gates of Rengali Dam have also been closed, while the fourth will soon be shut.
Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) personnel of Odisha Special Armed Police (OSAP), 6th bn, Cuttack successfully rescued 2 people from Pangata village, 4 people from Thakurpur village under Kothara GP who were on a house roof, surrounded by floodwater (ANI) pic.twitter.com/dSDbDyP0Zh— TOI Bhubaneswar (@TOIBhubaneswar) August 30, 2020
Our deep appreciation for the Fire Service personnel of Tihidi Fire Station for rescuing a pregnant woman and her family from the floods. We serve to save. #Odishaflood2020@CMO_Odisha@homeodisha@SRC_Odisha @SecyChief @osdmaodisha @rdmodisha @IPR_Odisha @DM_Bhadrak pic.twitter.com/9mEYABe5w1— OdishaFireServicesHGsCD (@OdishaFS_HGs_CD) August 29, 2020
#OdishaFloodsInundation Update-28/8/20@NDRFHQ @ WORK 24x7x365— ѕαtчα prαdhαnसत्य नारायण प्रधान ସତ୍ଯପ୍ରଧାନ-DG NDRF (@satyaprad1) August 28, 2020
Marooned people evacuated Villa Duttpur
Ops ON@ndmaindia @HMOIndia @PIBHomeAffairs @ANI @PIBBhubaneswar @SRC_Odisha @osdmaodisha pic.twitter.com/Pd37gswjnu
While the situation has improved, disaster authorities said more than 1.4 million people remain affected across 3 256 villages across 20 districts of Odisha.
The impacted districts include Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Boudh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Puri, Sambalpur, Subarnapur, and Sundargarh.
The state government also reported that more than 100 roads have been blocked across 11 districts, stranding more than 265 000 residents in 340 villages.
At least 17 people lost their lives in flood-related incidents, while dozens were rescued by the fire services and national disaster response forces. More than 10 000 houses were also damaged.
Among the fatalities was a young girl who attempted to save her friend from being washed away by the swollen Brutanga River.
Rasulpur FS team rescued 116 persons from villages- sangovindpur,sarifabag,Bandhadiha under Rasulpur block pic.twitter.com/PUet73uY07— DFO, Cuttack Circle (@dfoctc_ofs) August 28, 2020
Large number houses including the local Benipur High School is submerged. Salute d #DisasterWarriors from Odisha Fire & Disaster & pro-active services by District Administration! Distributed Handloom Face Masks to the crowd.@DGFS_HGs_CD @satyajitips88 @dmkendrapara @spkendrapara pic.twitter.com/mXTh7raAkQ— Tejeswar Parida (@TejeswarParida) August 31, 2020
5 child and 4 adults rescued from a isle near kacharamal ward no. 59 of CMC by fire brigade @CMCCuttack @DGFS_HGs_CD @OdishaFS_HGs_CD @SRC_Odisha @osdmaodisha @CuttackDM @cfo_so_fs pic.twitter.com/F4yHtgSUIt— AFO, Cuttack (@afoctc_ofs) August 29, 2020
Moderate thunderstorms are forecast over Odisha, as well as Bihar, West Bengal, west Assam, Mizoram, Tripura, and coastal Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, September 2.
Featured image credit: DFO, Cuttack Circle