With rivers in spate, flood alert sounded in six coastal districts

Bhubaneswar: With the upper catchment areas of Baitarani and Subarnarekha rivers receiving heavy rains during the last 24 hours due to a depression over the Bay of Bengal, the State government has put at least six coastal and northern districts on alert.

Water Resource secretary P.K. Jena said the government is expecting a flood in the two river systems and, therefore, the districts are alerted to remain prepared for any eventuality.

Meanwhile, a report said waters of Budhabalang entered into Baripada municipal area of Mayurbhanj district affecting about 500 people.

Mayurbhanj collector R.P. Patil stated the administration has shifted the people to safer places and distributed food materials among them.

The State government has asked the district collectors of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kendrapara to remain prepared for the possible floods, with essential items including food and boats.
Subarnarekha river was flowing above the danger level at Jamosola in Balasore and was rising.

Special relief commissioner’s office source said the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force unit at Cuttack has been moved to Jajpur district and deployed at strategic places to undertake search and rescue operation and assist the civil administration in relief activities.

Meanwhile, the latest bulletin issued by the Meteorological department said the depression over northeast Bay of Bengal and coastal areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal remained practically stationary at about 340 km east of Balasore.

The system is likely to remain stationary for some more time and might concentrate into a deep depression during the next 48 hours.