Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: With moderate flood anticipated in Mahanadi basin, Odisha government has put its entire machinery on alert to deal with any situation arising out of the situation. As per preliminary estimates by Odisha government, over 4 lakh people have been affected by the floods triggered by the low-pressure induced heavy rainfall so far in the state.

As many as 1,276 villages of 54 blocks in 10 districts including Angul, Bolangir, Balasore, Boudh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Nuapada, Deogarh and Sonepur have been affected by the floods. Nearly, 3, 83,046 people in 552 villages are now marooned and 2,757 houses have been damaged, as per the preliminary assessment.

18,534 people have been shifted to 106 shelters. Apart from the 10 districts, five urban areas have been affected in the floods, the state government release stated.

So far, five persons have died in several incidents in Bargarh, Jajpur, Balasore, Nuapada and Bhadrak districts.

Senior Odisha government officials informed that seven ODRAF and seven NDRF teams have been deployed in different parts of the State to carry out relief and rescue operations.

Over 6 lakh cusecs of water has been released from 40 gates of Hirakud dam. It will take nearly 40 to 42 hours for the water to reach Mundali and we are expecting that nearly 10 to 10,50,000 cusecs of water will flow in Cuttack.

“A medium flood is anticipated and district administrations of Cuttack, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Jajpur and Khordha have been alerted. The situation is being closely monitored,” Jena added.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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