Bhubaneswar/ Keonjhar/Baripada: There is no threat of flash flood in major rivers in northen Odisha as the water level is flowing below danger mark in several rivers other than Baitarani despite overnight rains under the impact of the cyclonic storm.
Water Resources Department Chief Engineer Jyotirmaya Rath said water level in Budhabalang , Salandi and Subarnarekha is currently below danger mark while Baitarani touched the red level at Anandpur in Keonjhar district.
“The water level in Baitarani is above 38.36 metres at Anandpur. It will further increase due to rains in the upper catchment of the river. The water level is also likely to surge at Akhuapada,” he said.
Several river embankments suffered damages due to high tidal waves. “We are assessing these embankments. Several structures in Kendrapara and Baliapala (Balasore) suffered most,” Rath added.
Meanwhile, Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena apprehended a medium flood in Baitarani due to inflow of rain water.
Heavy rainfall induced by #CycloneYaas in Baitarani catchment caused huge inflow . Baitarani flowing at Anandpur 39mt , Akhuapada crossed DL. Expecting medium flood in Baitarani. @DM_Bhadrak @dm_jajpur well prepared to meet contingent situations. Evacuating ppl wherever required.— Pradeep Jena IAS (@PradeepJenaIAS) May 27, 2021
The caution mark at Baitarani is 37.440 metres at Rajghat while 38.360 metre is the danger level at Anandpur in Keonjhar district.
As river Baitarani continues to swell, people residing in close proximity of the river are panicking.
A bridge on NH-49 near Turumunga in Keonjhar has been completely inundated as the water is flowing 3 ft above the road bringing vehicular traffic to a grinding halt on the road. Public transport on the stretch has been disrupted as several vehicles were stranded on both sides of the road, halting communication between Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj.
Similarly, incessant rain in Similipal area of Mayurbhanj district helped increase the water level in Khairi, Bhandan, Deonadi and Budhabalang rivers, Rath said.