Flood threat looms large as North Odisha rivers in spate

Bhubaneswar: A fresh threat of floods has threatened several northern Odisha districts as major rivers in Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Keonjhar are flowing above danger level at some places on Wednesday.
According to officials, incessant rains in the upper catchment areas since past three days have caused Budhabalanga, Jalaka and Subarnarekha rivers to swell.
Sources said, while ten villages under Baliapal block of Balasore district have been inundated due to flood waters of Subarnarekha, the river is flowing above danger level of 10.36 metre at Rajghat. The water level which is static since last evening has created panic among the flood-prone villages.
Meanwhile, the district administration on Wednesday promptly shifted the villagers of Mankidia under Jaleswar block to safer places following reports of embankment collapses.
The water level of Jalaka river at Mathani is 6.02 metre while the danger mark is 5.5 metre, officials said.
On the other hand, five sluice gates of Hirakud reservoir in Sambalpur have been closed and the flood waters is being released through 17 gates. The water level of the reservoir was 609.71 metre at 6am today.