Vikash Sharma

Major rivers in different parts of Odisha including the Mahanadi are now in spate following incessant rains triggered by low pressure and subsequent depression over Bay of Bengal. With several districts already marooned, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday reviewed the situation and directed Collectors of 10 districts to remain alert.

Patnaik has directed officials to follow the state’s policy of ‘every life is precious’ while dealing with all possible disasters. Patnaik also directed the District Collectors to take appropriate measures to avoid flood and carry out necessary evacuation of people from vulnerable areas to safer places on a priority basis.

The State government also directed officials to undertake special measures to provide relief and other basic amenities

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena, while briefing the Chief Minister, said the flood situation has cropped up in 10 districts of the state due to heavy rainfall activities in upper and lower catchment areas of Mahanadi river.

Eight gates of Hirakud dam were closed yesterday to allow water from other tributaries to pass through and reduce the impact downstream. Such measures will continue for next three days unless some emergency situation crops up.

Earlier in the day, Engineer in Chief of Odisha Water Resources Department Bijay Kumar Mishra said the flood situation in Odisha is likely to peak in three hours today.

The water flow at Mundali was 11.6 lakh cusec at 9 am today. The water level of Hirakud Dam at 9 am today was at 625.54 feet and while the inflow of water stood at 7.64 lakh while outflow 4.48 lakh.