Orissa is no stranger to natural calamities—barely a year after the state bore the brunt of a devastating cyclone, it has been at the receiving end of the state's worst floods since Independence. If it is not a problem of scarcity, it is a problem of plenty. While an insufficient monsoon last season caused drought in the coastal and western districts, heavy rains this year has put most of the state's 30 districts under water.
The flooding of the state's major river systems—the Mahanadi and the Brahmani—has affected 81.94 lakh people living in 12,925 villages. The toll in the last count was 84 and with epidemics taking over as the waters recede, this figure is likely to rise. Over 200 cases of gastroenteritis, cholera and jaundice have already been reported.