October 28, 2013 3:19:36 am
Despite relatively less rain in Orissa on Sunday,the flood situation continued to remain grim as incidents of wall collapse and drowning took the death toll to 19.
The flood has damaged 4.07 lakh houses and 1.51 lakh hectares of crop area. A total of 39.6 lakh people in 12 districts have been affected. Train services were also hit as tracks remained submerged.
Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga rivers in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts remained above danger levels due to rain. In Khurda district,breaches occurred in several areas after Salia Dam overflowed. Officials said it has rained 276 per cent more than normal in the district this month.
With weather beginning to clear up,schools and colleges in all flood-affected districts except Ganjam would reopen from Monday.
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Officials said a 12-member inter-ministerial central team headed by Joint Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs Rashmi Goel would begin a four-day Orissa tour from Monday.
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