Toll mounts to 61 as floods and rains ravage Andhra Pradesh, Odisha

Floods84,769 people have been evacuated to safer places and 225 relief camps set up so far to provide shelter and offer help. (AP)

Incessant rains lashing Andhra Pradesh for the last five days have claimed 42 lives so far in various rain-related incidents like wall collapse and inundated crops in about eight lakh hectares, official sources said.

The flood situation in Odisha continued to remain grim on Sunday, mainly in worst-hit Ganjam district, as the death toll rose to 19.

Five persons were also missing in the wake of heavy rains in Andhra, triggered by a low pressure area and north east monsoon, and floods, the sources said.

They said 84,769 people have been evacuated to safer places and 225 relief camps set up so far to provide shelter and offer help.

Nineteen teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in various districts of AP for rescue operations.

The downpour caused inundation of standing cotton, paddy, maize, groundnut, sugarcane, redgram, tobacco and also horticulture crops in as many as 7.99 lakh hectares, they said.

Deaths due to drowning, wall collapse

The low pressured induced rains led to fresh floods in Budhabalang river in Mayurbhanj district with water gushing into district headquarters town of Baripada and 50 villages, official source said.

"All the deaths were due to wall collapse and drowning," Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said.

In Khurda district, breaches occurred near Patapur, Manikapur, Achutarajpur and Srinibaspur of Banapur area after the Salia Dam overflowed, the sources said.

The very heavy rainfall damaged 96 distribution transformers of the Central Electricity Supply in the district.

A population of 16.50 lakh people were affected in 10 districts, as over 60 villages remained marooned in worst-hit Ganjam, the sources said.

The state government was hopeful that the situation would improve soon as the severity of the week-long rains had started declining in most areas.

"Though most parts of coastal Odisha are experiencing rain, the intensity has reduced and the situation will gradually improve," Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Surya Narayan Patro said.

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