Major rivers in spate in North Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The fear of a flash flood loomed large over the northern parts of the state on Thursday following incessant rains in the catchment areas of Subarnarekha, Jalaka and Budhabalanga rivers. The people in riverside villages are scared as the weathermen predicted heavy rainfall in next 12 hours.
 
The water level of Subernarekha at Rajaghat is flowing above danger level. Already 10 villages under Baliapal block are cut off from other parts of the state. Similarly, Jalaka river at Mathani and Baitarni river at Anandpur of Keonjhar district have crossed the danger mark.
 
The residents in Mankadia village under Jaleswar block fear for a possible flood, as there is heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of Subanarekha. People fear devastation with the incidents of landslides in the river embankments.
 
Meanwhile, Mahanadi river is in spate and the season's first floodwaters has affected the vehicular traffic on Sonepur-Sambalpur, Sonepur-Rairakhol and Birmaharajpur-Sonepur route.
 
Chief Minister Naveen on Wednesday reviewed the flood situation in a video conferencing meeting with collectors of affected districts including Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur. He directed the local administration of affected districts to store adequate quantity of food, kerosene, snake bite injection, drinking water and boats.
 
On the other hand, the meteorological department has predicted that there will be heavy rainfall at a few places of the state in next 12 hours.
 
The department added the influence of low pressure formed over Bay of Bengal has weakened and therefore, rainfall activities are also likely to come down.