People residing in the low lying areas of Baliapala and Bhograi blocks of Balasore district are in a state of panic over threat of a possible flash flood in Subarnarekha river which continues to swell due to heavy downpour in the catchment for the last couple of days under the influence of a low pressure over Bay of Bengal.
The water level of Subarnarekha touched 10.42 metre at Rajghat in Balasore against the danger level of 10.36 metres.
The overflowing water has started entering five villages situated in the low lying areas under Baliapala block. Villages like Sungamuhan, Kudmansingh, Gunapur, Athabatia, Routpada are getting waterlogged, reports said.
Acres of farm lands have been washed away due to the flooding water. Vehicular communication has also been disrupted as several approaching roads in the locality are inundated.
Local tehsildar said that the administration has advised the villagers to vacate kuccha houses and buildings in low lying areas and shift to safer places.
The administration has also made arrangements at schools and different cyclone shelters for accommodation of the affected people.
People living in the low-lying villages were alerted through loud speakers on Sunday afternoon. If situation worsens, dry food will be provided to the affected people, reports said.
The Junior Engineer (JE) of Water Resources Department has informed that excess water will be released and the water level may cross 11 metres at Rajghat by 11 am today.
According to reports, the administration is working to ensure zero damage to lives and properties.
People from vulnerable areas will be evacuated if situation gets worse, officials said.