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Bhubaneswar: The Chief Engineer of Odisha Water Resources Department (WRD) Jyotirmaya Rath dismissed reports raising fears of flood in Subarnarekha river following cyclone Yaas that battered Balasore and Bhadrak districts today.

“Water level in Subarnarekha and Budhabalang rivers have remained almost same till now. And there is no danger of flood. However, we are keeping close vigil on these two rivers,” Rath said.

“As a precautionary measure, we had half emptied the medium reservoirs in north Odisha earlier. If flood water comes the reservoirs will store it,” he added. Speaking abut the inundation in Kendrapara and some other areas, Rath said, “Some places in Baliapal and Kendrapara have reported water logging. This might have been caused due to the full moon. We have

sent our teams to all the low lying areas. The restoration works will start after the rain stops.”

As per Rath’s, the Similpal sanctuary has received 146 mm of rainfall. Officers are deployed at all the places where water logging has been reported.

“Officers have prior experience in handling this kind of situation. They will work efficiently to restore normalcy.” Rath said.

It is important to mention here that the landfall process of cyclone Yaas commenced at around 9 am which continued for the next three hours. The very severe cyclonic storm is crossing north Odisha coast to the south of Balasore as predicted earlier by the IMD.

Under the influence of the cyclone, there will be heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over coastal districts especially north coastal districts of Odisha today. The rainfall activities will decrease from May 27, IMD predicted.