Bhubaneshwar: After cyclone Phailin, Odisha is now facing the brunt of floods in the state. Balasore is the worst affected area with more than 68,000 people hit by the overflowing rivers. Subarnarekha, Vaitarani and Budhabalang rivers are flowing above the danger mark.
The other flood-hit places in the state are Mayurbhanj, Jajpur and Bhadrak districts. Floods triggered in major rivers in northern parts of Odisha because of heavy rains which was the peripheral effect of the high-velocity cyclone, which ravaged the vast coastal belt including worst hit Ganjam.
Though the death toll due to the cyclone and subsequent floods has gone up to 28, the loss of human life was minimised to a large extent because of the accurate predictions of the Met department which gave the authorities ample time to prepare for the worst.
Meanwhile, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are still left with the herculean task of rebuilding the entire districts and rehabilitating victims.
The Odisha government has started operations to rebuild Ganjam district, which is the worst affected.
Lakhs of residents who were evacuated to shelters are now returning to their homes.
Almost 9 lakh people in Odisha are currently in shelters. All they have now is hope that the administration will help in rehabilitating their lives and livelihoods.