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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: With the low pressure over North Bay of Bengal turning into a well-marked system sounding a red alert for several districts, heavy rainfall has created flood-like situation in several parts of the State.

“The well-marked low pressure lies over the North Bay of Bengal and will gradually move north-westwards. Several coastal districts will experience rainfall under its impact,” said IMD regional centre, Bhubaneswar duty officer Umashankar Das.

The weather office has issued red warning for nine interior districts such as Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Deogarh and Kalahandi. Besides, orange warning has been issued for Puri, Khurda, Angul, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj and Kandhamal.

The Met office has informed that weather will remain cloudy and showers will continue under the impact of the well-marked low pressure system. As one or two places may witness rainfall of 20 cm or more, there are possibilities of landslide in hilly areas.

In the last 24 hours, extremely heavy rainfall was witnessed in Marsaghai (234 mm), Champua of Keonjhar (210 mm), Boudh (208.2 mm) and Baripada (206 mm).

Similarly, very to heavy rainfall were recorded in Kendrapara (193 mm), Pattamundai (185), Simulia (Balasore) (122), Bijepur of Bargarh (143), Kankadahad (125), Raghunathpur (193), Kujang (198), Tirtol (147), Balikuda (144), Binjharpur (166), Jajpur (148), Thakurmunda (193), Shyamakunta (165).

Bhubaneswar recorded 92 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours while 77 mm rainfall was recorded in Cuttack city.

Due to the heavy rainfall, residents of Mugagadia in Kenduapada gram panchayat of Bhadrak remained trapped amid acute waterlogging. While overflowing roads disrupted road communication, hundreds of acres of land were submerged.

Water level in major rivers in the State continued an upward trend due to the incessant rain. Jalaka River which flows through Basta block in Balasore district swelled after constant rain in its upper catchment areas like Rasgobindapur, Morada, Suliapada and Chitrada.

In comparison to the danger mark of 5.5 metre near Mathani, water level in Jalaka river reached 6.43 metres by today morning. Further rainfall may create flood situation in 10 panchayats of Basta block and Paikpada area.

Heavy rainfall also triggered flood-like situation in Baripada with rise in water level in Jarali and Sarali rivers. Rainwater entered the low-lying areas, disrupting the normal life. The ward No 3, 10, 15, 16 and 17 of Baripada town remained waterlogged. The floodwater also entered some areas in Sunagadia. Tehsildar, sub-collector and ADM visited the areas and took stock of the situation.

The situation is no different in Kendrapara which received heavy rainfall under the impact of the low pressure.

Rise in water level in Mahanadi also triggered flood like situation in Khordha district. Several villages in Orabarasingh panchayat of Khordha block have been marooned due after water from Rajua river entered the region. Harimul, Raipur, Masania, Balikud and Krushnapur remained waterlogged with three to five feet water flowing over the road connecting these areas.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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