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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Incessant rain in the upper catchment areas has triggered fear of a moderate flood in the districts adjoining Mahanadi river basin.

As per information received from Odisha State Emergency Operation Centre, about 6.52 lakh cusec of water was discharged through a total of 24 gates of Hirakud Dam at 9 am today. The outflow of water was about 3.43 lakh cusec. The water level in the reservoir was 324.83 feet. Latest reports confirmed that 4 more gates of the reservoir have been opened.

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High level of water is also flowing in the downstream of the dam. Water discharge at Khairmal was 9.84 lakh cusec while 6.72 lakh cusec at Barmul & 7.36 lakh cusec of water near Munduli.

Under the impact of the floodwater discharge, low-lying areas of Athagarh and Banki are expected to be affected.

The district administrations of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Cuttack have been directed to remain alert in view of the high flow of water. Alert has also been issued for Nayagarh and Khordha districts.

Floodwater from Mahanadi entered several gram panchayats of Kujang block. Haripur village was reportedly marooned while Saharadiha, Bhandua, Kathakuta, Gobardhanpur villages have been waterlogged.

Low lying areas of Sonepur have been inundated after the opening of Hirakud Dam gates. Mundaghat, Bijepur & other villages in Ulunda block cut off by floodwater. Communication between Birmaharajpur & Sonepur has also been disrupted.

Floodwater from Mahanadi has also submerged various low-lying areas of Boudh district. The river crossed its danger mark of 80.70 metre in the district.

The flood situation continues to remain in force in major rivers such as Baitarani, Brahmani, Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga.

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The water level in Subarnarekha continues to rise due to continuous rainfall in the upper catchment areas of the river in Jharkhand. Subarnarekha water breached the danger mark near Rajghat. While the danger mark at Rajghat is 10.36 metres, the current flow of water is 10.94.

2 sluice gates on Khalajodi nullah have been damaged Under the impact of flood in Bhogarai block.

The floodwater from Baitarani created three breaches at Matiagada, Arual and Rudrapur in Jajpur, triggering panic among the residents. Even though the water level in the river is receding at some places, it continues to remain 2 mtere above the danger mark of 17.83 metres near Akhuapada. Several places of Dhamnagar and Bhandaripokhari are still waterlogged.

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In Jajpur, as many as 9 blocks of the district - Rasulpur, Binjharpur, Jajpur Sadar, Dasarathpur, Barchana, Dharmasala, Bari, Sukinda and Korei have been affected due to flood from Brahmani, Baitarani and Kharashrota rivers.

On the other hand, Budhabalanga River is flowing below danger mark near national highway 5. While the danger mark is 8.13, the current water level is 8 metres.

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