In India, at least three hundred thousand people have been marooned by floods in the eastern state of Orissa.
GV AERIAL Land under floodwaters in Puri district, Orissa state, India. (4 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Flooded areas in Cuttack district, Orissa state.
SV Sandbags being stacked on river bank.
SV PAN Telephone pole being repaired.
SV Man in water.
SV & GV Villagers repairing bridge. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Thatched shacks on bank of river at Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack district and Villagers walking pas huts. (4 SHOTS)
GV & SV Doctors giving villagers anti-cholera vaccinations. (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN Flood damaged huts in Jagatsinghpur.
GV ZOOM INTO SV Rice being dried on matting.
SV Woman cooking food under parasol.
SV & GV Drinking water being distributed to villagers. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Villagers collecting emergency relief supplies. (2 SHOTS)
SV Farmer trying to salvage jute sticks from water.
GV Villager chopping wood next to damaged hut.
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Background: In India, at least three hundred thousand people have been marooned by floods in the eastern state of Orissa. By Friday (26 September), the official death toll stood at more than two hundred, but more reports said more than five hundred had died in the flash floods. Fresh flooding has also been reported in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where more than 1,5000 people have drowned over the past two months.
SYNOPSIS: This was the scene on Wednesday (24 September), as rescue helicopters flew over the flooded Puri district in the state of Orissa. Entire villages and parts of some towns were submerged, forcing people to take refuge on high ground. In this part of Eastern India, the flash floods were the worst in memory.
The following day (25 September), the flood waters began to recede. Work was soon underway repairing the banks of rivers which had burst at the height of the monsoon rains. Severed telephone cables, which had caused a communications black-out, were also repaired.
In the Cuttack district, the task of repairing bridges and main roads created instant employment for hundreds of villagers -- many of whom had lost all their possessions in the floods.
In the small village of Jagatsinghpur, the receding floodwaters left a picture of devastation. Villagers, whose thatch homes had been destroyed, despondently awaited the arrival of government relief teams and rescue helicopters.
By Friday (26 September), medical teams were already hard at work immunising villagers against water-borne disease such as cholera and typhoid. In all, about two-and-a half million people were affected by the floods. Among them were pilgrims visiting the famous temples in the Puri district. Villagers carefully dried out grain which had been soaked by flood waters.
Fresh water was flown by helicopter for distribution to villagers, who had been warned to be on guard against contaminated water. India's Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi issued a statement expressing her "deepest sympathy" to the families of flood victims. She immediately authorised money from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to help pay for food and medicine. But, by Saturday, relief teams operating in remote areas had still not been able to locate many hundreds of villagers facing starvation.