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Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: Back to back low pressures may cause medium-level flood in three major rivers of Odisha, informed Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena.

“A low to medium-level flood is expected in Bramhani, Baitarani and Subarnarekha river system. All the officials have been put on alert and all precautionary measures have been taken,” Jena said.

Around 6 lakh to 6.5 lakh cusec water is flowing in Mahanadi River system and this will continue till next three-four days. According to Met office, there is less possibility of rain in north and southern part of the State, the SRC informed.

Taking to Twitter earlier in the day, the SRC said, “Medium-level flood is expected in Subarnarekha, Baitarani River. Similarly, flood has been reported in Budhabalanga River basin.”

“As many as 7,312 cusec flood water has been released from Galudiha barrage in neighbouring Jharkhand this morning. The flood water will reach Rajghat on Friday morning taking water level in Subarnarekha River to 12 metre,” Jena tweeted.

“Brahmani, Baitarani and Kharasrota River systems are under special watch and all officials are put on alert. We are doing making & getting flood shelters in readiness. Boats are also ready. A preliminary estimate of partial damage to kutccha houses is around 10. No casualty reported.”

Commenting on the ensuing floods, chief engineer of Water Resources department said, “Flood water in Budhabalanga river is at par with the danger level. Flood water in Baitarani is flowing over the cautionary mark. As there is no rain in South Odisha, so chances of flood there is thin.”

Meanwhile, State Revenue minister Sudam Marndi said, people from low-lying areas in Jajpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara are being evacuated in view of floods.

“As many as six districts in the State have received more than 100 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours causing waterlogging in low-lying areas. The district collectors have swung into action to tackle flood situation in the State. People, mostly pregnant women and elderly people, are being evacuated to safer place, Marndi said.

The flood has claimed two lives in Mayurbhanj and one in Keonjhar, the minister informed.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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