Flood-like situation cripples normal life

Sundergarh: While torrential rains under the impact of a depression in Bay of Bengal have disrupted normal life in several parts of Odisha, the rapidly rising water level in Ib river has created a flood-like situation in the district, damaging many houses and affecting road connection at many places.

According to sources, key areas of Brajarajanagar like Gandaghora, Itabhati, Sahupada and Talapatia village of Jharsuguda block have been badly affected by the flood.

River water is flowing 5-feet above many roads of the district, bringing vehicular traffic to grinding halt, the sources added.

Meanwhile, panic gripped in the low-lying areas here as the water level in Veden, Tel and Basundhar rivers is increasing at an alarming rate.

“There is a flash flood in the river Ib due to incessant rainfall in Sundergarh, Jharsuguda districts and also in the upper catchment area,” Deputy Special Relief Commissioner (DSRC) Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra said.

The heavy rainfall for the past two consecutive days also affected a population of about 1,500 in the districts of Sundergarh and Jharsuguda, SRC officials said, adding, about 1,000 acres of agricultural land have been affected due to the flash flood in the Ib river.s

While at least 17 houses were damaged in Sundergarh district according to the preliminary estimation, the report on the house damage could not be availed from Jharsuguda district.

The flood water entered into ward number 1 of the Sundergarh municipality area.

“The system would move Northwestwards and weaken into a Well Marked Low Pressure Area during next 24 hours,” said Sarat Sahu, the director of IMD, Bhubaneswar.

The IMD, however, predicted rain and thunder shower at many places over Odisha.

“Heavy Rainfall would occur at one or two places over the districts of North Odisha during next 24 hours,” a bulletin issued by the IMD said.

Similarly, water has flooded the Gynecology ward of the district headquarter hospital here forcing patients to lie helplessly with water flowing under their beds.