Pradeep Pattanayak

After the devastating flood in Mahanadi system, the focus has now shifted to Subarnarekha River as a massive flood is expected at any time in this river system. 

With 16 sluice gates of Galudih barrage in Jharkhand having been opened, the impact of floodwater has started visible from today morning itself. 

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As many as 25 villages of Baliapal block have already cut off from the rest of the world. The villagers have been struggling to save lives and properties. Banana rafts are being used to transport valuable articles and domesticated animals like dogs, goats, sheep and hens.  

The area had witnessed a flood in 2008. Since the impending flood is said to be a bigger one, people are in a state of panic.

It is feared that Saraskana and Rasagobindapur blocks of Mayurbhanj district and Baliapal, Bhogarai, Jaleswar and Basta blocks of Balasore districts will bear the maximum brunt of the flood. 

At Rajghat, the Subarnarekha River is flowing above the danger level. As the water level will be at its peak by 12 pm today, people have been alerted and asked through public address system to go to higher and safer places.  

In a tweet, the SRC had on Sunday informed, “Galudih barrage in Jharkhand released 9473cumec =3.5lakh cusec through 14gates at 8pm. We will see a high flood in Subarnarekha system. As the warning was issued, the Collectors of Balasore and Mayurbhanj have been alerted. 2 NDRF teams, 2 ODRAF teams, and 8 fire services teams have been rushed to Balasore district.”

While many villages are still marooned due to flood in Budhabalanga and Jalaka rivers, the flood in Subarnarekha has only added to their woes.