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Odisha death toll in the floods is 17 and over 14 lakh people affected in 20 districts

Bhubaneswar30/8/20:: The death toll in the floods is 17 and over 14 lakh people affected in 20 districts of Odisha, according to the situation report by the state government.

The State Government said that 14,32,701 people in 20 districts have been affected. The affected districts are Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Boudh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Puri, Sambalpur, Sonepur, and Sundergarh.

As per the provisional situation report, 112 blocks, 896 Gram Panchayats, 3256 villages, 21 Urban Local Bodies, and 75 Wards were affected in the ongoing flood situation.

Besides, 340 villages and a population of 2,65,723 were marooned due to flood situation. The authorities said 357 free kitchens/centers were opened on Sunday covering 57,824 beneficiaries in the affected region.

Nearly 10,382 houses were damaged and 1,68,904 hectares of crop area affected in the floods, the report said.

The report said a total of 45 medical and 42 veterinaries, 14 NDRF, 17 ODRAF, 22 Fire Services teams, and 254 boats were pressed into service in the affected areas.

The floods have devastated 107 roads cutting off communication in 11 districts and breaches in 32 river embankments were reported in five districts.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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