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Fresh flood alert in Orissa as depression causes heavy rain

Bhubaneswar: With heavy downpour in most parts of northern region of the state due to depression, Orissa government today issued fresh flood alert in four districts.

As water level in rivers like Baitarani, Brahmani and Budhabalang rose above danger mark this afternoon, the Special Relief Commissioner asked the districts concerned to evacuate people from low lying areas as flood water could submerge many places in the northern region.

Some villages in Jajpur district had been submerged by swollen Baitarani, officials said.

The districts, where alerts have been issued were – Bhadrak, Kenonjhar, Jajpur and Kendrapara.

Bhadrak and Jajpur districts were facing the second spell of flood in a span of only 20 days, they said.

Separate teams of engineers were rushed to these districts to check possible breaches on river embankments, a spokesman of SRC said, adding, collectors were also told to keep relief materials ready for any eventuality.

The local IMD office said that the depression is likely to move West-North-Westwards and cross North Orissa-West Bengal Coast between Balasore and Digha soon.

Meanwhile, Revenue and Disaster Management department advised hoisting of storm warning signals- local cautionary signal number three ( LC-III) at all ports in the state.

Gusty surface wind speed, reaching 45-55 kmph to 65 kmph, would?blow across Orissa coast with the sea condition slated to be rough to very rough.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea, it said, adding, some places in northern districts could experience heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next two days.

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