The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena on Thursday said that due to heavy rainfall triggered by cyclonic storm Yaas, moderate flood has been reported in Baitarani River .
The inflow of water has increased in Budhabalanga and Subarnarekha rivers due to the cyclone-triggered rainfall but there are no chances of flood in these two rivers, stated SRC Jena said.
Due to heavy rainfall in the upper catchment areas of Baitarani river, the water level was flowing above danger-mark at Akhuapada in Bhadrak district and Anandpur in Keonjhar district.
The river was flowing at 39.08 metre mark at Anandpur against the danger level of 38.36 metre. The water level is expected to rise by another one metre and will recede later in the day, said the SRC.
Similarly, the water level at Akhuapada is at 17.92 metre which above the danger mark of 17.83 metre. The water is expected to rise to 19.8 to 20 metres, in case rainfall in the upper catchment region of Baitarani River continues, added Jena.
The district administrations of Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendujhar and Kendrapara have been warned regarding the possible flood-like situation in view of the rising water-level in Baitarani and people residing in the lower areas of these districts are being relocated.
"All the district collectors in the cyclone Yaas-affected areas have been instructed to assess the damages and submit a report by tomorrow evening,” said the SRC.
“Most of the roads have been cleared while the restoration work in panchayat roads are underway. Some roads are still waterlogged,” said the SRC on road clearance work in the cyclone-affected regions.
The District Collectors have been instructed to make arrangements for drinking water supply in the affected areas, stated Jena.
“As of last midnight, 77 per cent of the power supply has been restored. Electricity could not be restored in some places in Rajnagar, Mahakalapada and Jajpur areas. We need some more time to restore power supply in Bhadrak and Balasore districts. 80 per cent of customers will be provided with electricity by 9pm today,” informed Jena.
The SRC further stated that door-to-door survey will be expedited as Covid-19 infection is likely to increase after the cyclone.
“Those who have symptoms will be tested. The Health Department will take the necessary steps in this regard,” said Jena.