Odishatv Bureau

Rourkela/Bhubaneswar: As water level in Brahmani, Koel and Ib rivers crosses danger mark, flood water has started entering many parts of Rourkela and Sundergarh.

Meanwhile, Collectors of four districts, including Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Balasore have been put on alert for possible flood as the Subarnarekha river is flowing above the danger mark at Rajghat in Balasore.

"Collectors of Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Balasore districts have been asked to remain alert to tackle any eventuality. They have been instructed to deploy Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire services teams, if required," said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi.

Ten gates of Rengali dam have been opened due to heavy inflow and it is likely to cause inundation in districts of Dhenkanal, Jajpur and Kendrapada, sources in water resources department said.

 

On flood preparedness, Sethi said,"While 10 ODRAF teams have been kept ready, additional 10 teams have been trained to deal with possible flood situation. Fire services units are also there. Besides, an NDRF unit has also been kept in Balasore."

About 25,000 people in 29 villages of Baliapal Block and 63 villages of Bhogarai Block in Balasore district have been affected by flood, he informed.

Due to incessant rains in upstream Brahmani river, in Rourkela flood water entered some areas like Balughat, Chhend, Dandiapalli, Hamirpur. Water level in Brahmani crossed danger mark of 78.420 m and is presently flowing above 78.840 m. Rourkela ADM and Sub-Collector are keeping close watch on the situation as people living in low lying areas have been evacuated.

As many as 1,600 people have been evacuated and placed in shelters in Sundergarh district, the SRC said.

A woman died and another went missing after they were swept away by flood water in Bhadrak district. The search team recovered the body of Amita Nayak of Uasahi village while the other woman was missing, Sethi said.

The SRC said that the woman was the first victim of flood in north Odisha while three persons had died in south Odisha last week.

Meanwhile, state government on Wednesday deputed three senior IAS officers to assess the scenario in different districts.

Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary R Balakrishnan has been deputed to visit Jajpur district while Additional Chief Secretary forest and environment S C Mohapatra will oversee situation in Bhadrak and Additional Chief Secretary, Home Asit Kumar Tripathy made assessment in Rayagada district.

"Six bridges, 9 small irrigation projects have been damaged while losses upto Rs 4.5 crore have been reported in the flood. Rural development department has faced losses of Rs 24 crores. We will ask Centre to reconstruct the damaged railway bridges here," said Additional Chief Secretary, Home department Asit Tripathy after reviewing Rayagada floods.

After taking stock of the situation they will submit the assessment report to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.

District administrators of south Odisha have also been directed to submit preliminary assessment reports indicating areas inflicted, damage to public property, relief and restoration measures taken thereafter and total loss. Chief Secretary AP Padhi has directed the collectors of Rayagada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri in this regard through a video conference here on Wednesday.

The meteorological department has warned heavy rainfall in one to two places over north Odisha during the next 48 hours.

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