Few states illustrate the socio-economic faultlines of India like Orissa

Protection against coastal disasters has been identified as an important service of mangrove ecosystems. Empirical studies on this service have been criticized, however, for using small samples and inadequately controlling for confounding factors. We used data on several hundred villages to test the impact of mangroves on human deaths during a 1999 super cyclone that struck Orissa, India.

KENDRAPARA: More than two million baby Olive Ridley sea turtles started emerging from pits on the sandy nesting ground of Rushikulya beach recently. This was informed by A.K. Jena, divisional forest officer of Rushikulya turtle rookery.

At least 30 people, including a child, were feared killed and over 200 others injured when a tornado ripped through a dozen of villages in Orissa

KENDRAPARA: Scarcity of water with the onset of summer is an election issue in most of the seaside villages under Mahakalapada and Rajnagar blocks in the district as several political leaders have failed to keep their promises to provide potable water to them.

KENDRAPARA: Distress sale of paddy will be a major poll issue in the district this time. The ruling BJD is in a tight spot as large number of farmers are unhappy with performance of the government on this front.

Childhood lost?
Cuttack, March 4: The Orissa State Human Rights Commission (OSHRC) has ordered an administrative inquiry into how hundreds of children in the Satavaya area of Kendrapada district were denied academic opportunities.

Geo-tubes not for the long term ORISSA Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for a 700-m long seawall using geo-tubes in Pentha village in Kendrapara district on January 30. It will cost Rs 15 crore (see

Thousands of carcasses of Olive Ridley sea turtles are lying at the Satabhaya beach under the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest rookeries of the species, in the ongoing turtle nesting season. Foul odour from dead turtles has polluted the whole of Satabhaya region, said Satabhaya sarpanch Sasmita Das.

kENDRAPARA: As many as 1572 estuarine crocodiles, including two measuring more than 20 feet, were sighted by the Forest officials in the water bodies of Bhitarakanika National Park during the week-long census. This was informed by Prasanna Kumar Behera, DFO of the park.