The floods in Orissa

Twenty out of the 30 districts of the state have been affected by successive floods and road communication has been snapped in several areas, according to news reports. The Orissa government has decided to construct permanent helipads in coastal region for relief operation. -Photos by AP

A villager walks past damaged homes near Rajnagar, in Kendrapada district, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Bhubaneshwar.
A villager walks past damaged homes near Rajnagar, in Kendrapada district, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Bhubaneshwar.
Village boys cross a flooded area on a makeshift raft in Jajpur district, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.
Village boys cross a flooded area on a makeshift raft in Jajpur district, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.
Villagers ford flood waters at Patamundi.
Villagers ford flood waters at Patamundi.
Flood affected villagers arrive at their marooned village on a country boat after floodwater receded at Danda Sahi village.
Flood affected villagers arrive at their marooned village on a country boat after floodwater receded at Danda Sahi village.
Villagers are ferried across what remains of their marooned villages after the floods.
Villagers are ferried across what remains of their marooned villages after the floods.
Villagers clean their motorbikes in flood waters on an inundated road at Patamundi near Kendrapara.
Villagers clean their motorbikes in flood waters on an inundated road at Patamundi near Kendrapara.

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Tejash
Sep 30, 2011 01:34pm
The floods in Sindh and in Orissa had the same effect. Both the province came to existence on the same day (1st April 1936) by the same order (section 289, Govt of India Act, 1935). The proposal to have permanent helipad, reflects the narrow thinking of the political class. What is required is to strengthen river banks, more reservoirs in catchment areas and de-silting the river mouths. Unfortunately, these things do not translate quickly to votes. So no politician is expected to do them.