Incessant Rain Triggers Flood-Like Situation In Odisha Districts

Sundergarh/Balasore: Incessant rain in past few days has trigerred flood-like situation in several parts of Odisha including Sundergarh and Balasore districts.

Under the impact of heavy rainfall in the upper catchment areas, the water level is rising in Brahmani river. However, the administration has ruled out occurrence of a full-fledged flood in the area. Several low lying areas in Rourkela, Biramitrapur, Vedvyas and Lefripada witnessed waterlogged conditions today after rise in water level in major rivers like Brahmani, Ichha.

All the 11 gates of Mandira Dam situated near Rourkela have been opened to release floodwater in Brahmani river. Residents living in low lying areas and downstream of the river bed have been asked not to venture out into the river. Authorities have also been alerted to closely monitor the situation.

In Balasore too, heavy rainfall has caused widespread inundation leading to flood-like situation in Basta, Rasagobindpur, Morada, Suliapada, Chitrata. The level of water is rising in Jalaka river due to continous rainfall in the upstream areas of the river.

Floodwater is flowing 5.5 metre abover the danger level near Mathani. The administration has issued warning in as many as 10 panchayats of Basta block and 2 panchayats of Sadar block.

Meanwhile, two more gates of Hirakud Dam have also been opened to release floodwater from Mahanadi. At present, floodwater is being discharged from the reservoir through 7 gates.