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Sharmili Mallick

The Special Relief Commission (SRC) on Tuesday directed all the district collectors to stay alert for rescue and restoration operations in view of the waterlogging triggered by the extremely heavy rainfall under the influence of deep depression over north Odisha.

SRC Pradeep Jena will also hold a press meet at 11:30 AM today and is likely to address on the flood situation in the State.

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Considering heavy to very heavy rainfall, it is apprehended that more low-lying areas may have water logging/flooding. Therefore, the government has asked all the district magistrates (DMs) to ensure evacuation in case water enters into villages and habitations, directed SRC PK Jena. 

The SRC has also asked the Collectors to make prompt arrangements to evacuate people from waterlogged/flooded areas and provide them cooked/ dry food and other basic things as per relief code.

The SRC has further instructed the Collectors that in case of any damage to communication/roads occur, the same be forthwith restored for effecting communication at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar informed that the Deep Depression over north interior Odisha has moved further west-northwestwards during past six hours with a speed of 21 kmph and lay centred over north interior Odisha & adjoining north Chhattisgarh, about 50 km westnorthwest of Jharsuguda (Odisha) and about 130 km south-southeast of Ambikapur.

“It is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards across north Chhattisgarh & Madhya Pradesh during next 48 hours. It is very likely to weaken into a Depression during the next six hours,” added the IMD.

Under its impact, light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at most places over the districts of Odisha.
The IMD has issued yellow warning for heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, 
Mayurbhanj , Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapda, Jajpur, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Bolangir, and Keonjhar.

The fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha coast, North and West Central Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours as the sea condition will remain rough to very rough during these hours.

Meanwhile, the Bolangir district collector has announced the closure of all schools in the district in view of the incessant rainfall.

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