Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack: Following heavy rainfall in upstream Mahanadi, the first flood water of this year, released from Hirakud Dam on July 23, is likely to reach Mundali Barrage here today.

The district administration has issued warning for not venturing into river water.

On the other hand due to incessant rains in upstream of several rivers in north Odisha, water level is on a continuous rise.flood-water

In Balasore, Subarnarekha was swelling on Monday evening, with highest at Jaleswar, while water level was stable in Budhabalang and Jalaka Rivers.

Continuous rise in water level in Subarnarekha has led to possibility of flood in areas of Basta, Baliapal, Bhogarai and Jaleswar.

In Keonjhar, water at Baitarani River crossed its danger mark of 38.36 m and was flowing at 39.12 m today morning. As many as 10 villages of Ayatpur, Sankarpur gram panchayats have been marooned.

The swelling of rivers has created panic among locals especially in low lying areas of river basins with administration pulling up its socks to meet any eventuality. ODRAF, Fire department and district administration are keeping close watch on the situation.

flood-water-odishaCuttack district administration has taken elaborate precautionary measures. The control rooms at Mundali, Naraj and Jobra barrages have been asked to keep a close watch on the floodwaters and provide information round the clock.

Meanwhile, Hirakud Dam authorities have opened up 10 sluice gates to release excess flood water from Mahanadi.

Speaking to mediapersons, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “Flood water in Baitarani continues to flow above danger mark at Anandpur and Akhuapada. While the water level near Anandpur is receding, it is on an upward trend at Akhuapada,”

“As many as 14 different GPs under Dhamnagar block in Bhadrak are possibly looming over flood threat. So, one ODRAF team has been sent to meet any eventuality while the District Collector has also camped there and keeping a close watch on the situation. In Balasore, there is also possibility of flood since water level in Budhabalang and Jalaka Rivers are flowing above the danger mark,” Sethi added.