Bhubaneswar: Odisha has recorded a staggering 496 snake bite deaths and an equally high 412 deaths due to drowning in the year 2019-20.
This was revealed by Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Sudam Marndi in a written reply to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Biramitrapur Shankar Oram.
As per statistics given by the Minister in his reply, Ganjam district has recorded the highest number of snakebite deaths with 44, closely followed by Mayurbhanj 42, Nawarangpur 39 and Sundargarh 31.
Similarly, again Ganjam tops the chart in drowning deaths with 38; Dhenkanal closes rank with 35, Kendrapara 34 while Koraput and Bhadrak have a share of 24 each.
Besides, 244 deaths have occurred due to lightning strikes in the same period. As many as 23 people were killed in Mayurbhanj in lightning strikes, 22 in Ganjam and 20 in Nawarangapur.
Moreover, 24 have died in fire incidents, 53 in cyclones, 13 in floods, 12 due to sunstroke, 3 in landslides and 8 in whirlwinds, according to the statistics provided by the minister in his reply.