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Bhubaneswar: The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Jena today informed that Mahanadi River is likely to experience moderate flood in the coming days. Moreover, seven persons have been killed in rain and flood-related mishaps in different parts of Odisha in the last three days, informed the SRC.

As per reports, four deaths have been reported from Mayurbhanj district, two from Keonjhar and one from Sundergarh district.

As per the SRC, with 5 lakh cusecs of water entering the Hirakud dam, 3 lakh cusecs are being discharged. Around 7.5 lakh cusecs of water is passing through Mundali barrage on Mahanadi.

Floodwater is being discharged through 18 gates of Hirakud currently and when the water reaches Cuttack, around 8 lakh cusecs water will pass through the Mundali barrage, the SRC informed.

In view of the grave situation, the SRC has alerted the district administration of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Cuttack, Nayagarh & Khurda.

Earlier in the day, the India Meteorological Centre cautioned the areas in the Mahanadi River basin in Western-Odisha over a possible flood-like situation.

The low-pressure area that has been causing incessant rain in the southern and North-Coastal Odisha has reportedly moved towards Western-Odisha and Jharkhand creating chances of heavy rain in the upper catchment areas of Mahanadi during the next 24 hours that may create flood-like situation in the river basin, informed H R Biswas, Director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar.

Moreover, eight districts of Odisha have been issued Yellow Warning in view of rain.
As per the bulletin issued by the Met centre, light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at most places over the districts of interior Odisha and at a few places over the districts of Coastal Odisha till the morning of August 28, 2020.

Yellow Warning (Till 0830 Hrs of 28.08.2020):

Heavy rainfall very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Bolangir, Nuapada, and Nabarangpur
As far as Bhubaneswar and the suburbs are concerned, the capital city may witness a cloudy sky with light rain. Maximum and minimum temperature is very likely to be around 32°C and 25°C, respectively.

With strong surface wind likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast and North West Bay-of-Bengal, fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea during next 24 hours.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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