JAGATSINGHPUR, India (Reuters) — More rain is set to hit India's eastern state of Orissa, where more than a million people are already marooned by floodwaters, Special Relief Commissioner H.K. Panda said Thursday.
"Unfortunately the forecast is for rains in the next two days," Panda told Reuters in Jagatsinghpur, some 25 miles from the state capital, Bhubaneswar.
"The state is facing a huge crisis. It will be the worst-ever floods in the history of the state. The high tide in the seas is preventing river water from flowing out," he said.
Over the past 10 days, flooding has killed some 34 people, washed away 4,000 houses and damaged 18,000 homes in the impoverished state.