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Odisha floods: Death toll rises to 45; villagers blame government's inaction
The death toll in Odisha due to rains and floods climbed to 45 on Sunday and as many as 9.95 lakh people in 1,553 villages in 23 districts in the state so far have been affected by the the heavy floods, as the river Mahanadi is flowing above danger mark at several places. The flood water has engulfed a vast area of the delta region of Mahanadi river.

Many parts of Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda and Puri districts were hit by flood in Mahanadi. The rains which have started since Friday and are continuing have added to the problems of the affected people, particularly those taking shelter on the embankments.

Despite recession of water, flood situation still remained grim in the delta zone of Mahanadi river system amid fresh rains. The villagers in the flood hit areas are blaming the government for their sufferings due to inaction. In Keonjhar district people are out of there homes and are searching places of high levels for their safety.

In Ghasipur village, a visibly angry villager complained that all the politicians who come for seeking votes at the time of elections have turned a deaf ear towards them. Narahri Ojha, Keonjar resident says, "After two days the flood water gradually entered to the village and submerged the area. Our people are marooned and crying for relief but nobody is coming to us. What the hell the administration is doing?"

Government officials are saying that the efforts are being made to bring the situation under control. The block development officer, Keonjar district, Suranjan Kumar Sahoo said that the rescue operations were underway.

"All relief materials are being carried by rescue team in Gazipura and Anantpur. All local PRA members, Honorable minister R&D, Honorable minister RDE in association with Honorable local MLAs and non PRA members are actively involved in the rescue operations," said Sahoo, as reported by ANI.

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Tanmay Chakroberty
Sad news indeed.
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