Bhubaneswar: While the overall situation in western and south districts of Odisha is gradually improving, a flood-like situation has cropped up in four coastal districts of the state including Cuttack, Kendrapara, Khurda and Puri districts. The flood-like situation is mainly due to the rise in water level of several tributaries of Mahanadi after the release of water from Hirakud dam.
While thousands of people in these four districts have been affected, farmlands have been submerged in the floodwater.
The situation is grim at Kanas block in Puri district while communication to Balipatna and Dokanda villages of Khurda district has also been affected. Orabarsingh gram panchayat of the Khurda district also witnessed similar situation after floodwater from Rajua river entered eight villages.
Several low-lying villages including Bilipada, Talabasta, Similipur and Kusponka of Banki block in Cuttack district are also inundated. Water level in different tributary rivers like Paika river, Chitroptala, Luna and Kerandia has also risen considerably which triggered a flood like situation in Kendrapa district.
On the other hand, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi informed that the flood-like situation is under control.