BHUBANESWAR: The death toll caused by flash floods and heavy rain in the State has gone up to 23 on Thursday.
According to State Revenue Control Room, as many as 11 deaths including seven in bus accidents on Monday evening were reported from Nayagarh district. District administrations of Keonjhar and Koraput had informed about occurrence of three deaths each in the rain during past four days.
Victims swept away
The revenue control room said two deaths each were reported from Ganjam and Kandhamal in the torrential rain while one death each had occurred in Cuttack and Bhadrak districts.
Revenue and Disaster Management Department sources said most of the victims swept away in swirling water flows in rivulets and nullahs.
Meanwhile, there seemed to be improvement in flood situation.
Incessant rains had threatened to engulf the State in yet another flood.
However, several villages were cut off in flash floods while hundreds of acres of land were submerged under water.
Thursday remained cloudy in coastal region of the State following weakening of low pressure area that formed over Bay of Bengal, but no major shower was reported.
During past 24 hours, central Orissa received heavy rainfall. Binika in Sonepur district experienced 22 cm of rains.
It was followed by Ambabhona in upper Mahanadi catchment where the precipitation was measured at 18 cm.