Cassian Baliarsingh

Panic gripped the residents of low-lying areas in Balasore district after Jalaka river breached the danger mark near Mathani following incessant rain since the last couple of days. Villagers feared yet another flood as the river has swelled above 6.29 metre against the danger mark of 5.50 metre.

The residents who are already reeling under severe loss due to the flood last month, anticipated more loss. 

Many villages under five panchayats of Balasore Sadar and Basta blocks are the sufferers of floods. There will be another flood if the water level of Jalaka does not recede in the next two days, reports said.

Furthermore, standing paddy crops on acres of farmlands were destroyed following a breach in the Indravati Mega Lift canal near Dangaripada under Jaipatna block in Kalahandi district in the wee hours of Monday. 

A 15-foot-long breach developed on the embankment of the canal inundating farmlands and nearby villages. This has added to the woes of farmers who are already reeling under severe losses.

On being informed, Indravati authorities rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. They closed  the Mangalpur gate and assured of necessary compensation to the locals after meeting them.

On the other hand, parts of Gajapati district have been experiencing severe rainfall since the last two days. At least five houses collapsed at Kujasingh panchayat under Gumma block. Adding to the woes, Maghajara village of R. Udayagiri block is under 2 feet water due to torrential rain since the last two days. Moreover, rainwater has entered several villages at Nuagarh block.

Moreover, the situation in the Capital city Bhubaneswar remained grim due to heavy downpour. Many low-lying areas are underwater. Fortunately, no cases of casualties have been reported from any part of the state till now.

Meanwhile, the Depression over south Odisha has now moved over south Chhattisgarh. It is more likely to move northwestwards and weaken gradually during the next 12 hours.

Under the impact, there will be heavy rainfall activities over Odisha both on September 12 and 13. Wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60kmph is very likely to prevail over Odisha coasts on September 12 and 13 while the sea condition will be rough to very rough, the latest bulletin said.