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Orissa flood toll rises to 56
Published on 25 Sep. 2008 11:53 PM IST
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Thousands of people in Orissa are now suffering from water borne diseases after the floods that have devastated parts of the state, with the toll rising to 56 after eight more deaths were reported Thursday. Floods in the Mahanadi river and its tributaries following incessant rains have affected about four million people and the situation continued to be grim in some areas. More areas, including in Jagatsinghpur district, were inundated Thursday, officials said. The four worst affected districts are Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsingpur and Kendrapada. Large numbers of people are coming to medical camps, government and private hospitals and complaining of diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections, fever and skin ailments, a state health official told IANS. “We have treated 17,868 patients over the past five days and 6,284 were treated Wednesday,” said Kashinath Nayak, chief district medical officer of Kendrapada. “We have treated at least 476 people suffering from diarrhoea and 212 cases of dysentery,” Nayak said. “We have deputed a large number of doctors who are camping in the affected areas,” state Revenue Secretary G.V. Venugopala Sarma told IANS, adding that there was no epidemic yet. “Nobody has died of water borne disease during the floods and it has not taken any epidemic form. The cases reported are sporadic,” Sarma said. Officials said relief operations have been stepped up and relief and rescue officials have reached all the 827 villages which were marooned.

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