No Flood Risk In Odisha, Cyclone Threat Is Fake: SRC

Bhubaneswar: With incessant rains pounding the State since Wednesday, the Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena Friday allayed flood fears in the State.

Briefing media on the rainfall and flood situation across the State today, Jena informed eight districts have received more than 100 mm rainfall, while three blocks witnessed rainfall above 200 mm in the last 24 hours.

“There is no flood-like situation in any place in State, except at Mathani (Balasore) and Kashinagar (Gajapati), where the water levels of Jalaka River and Bansadhara River, respectively, have crossed the danger mark following the persistent downpour,” informed Jena.

Scotching off rumours regarding cyclone threat to Odisha on October 28, Jena termed it a fake news. There is no information from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) regarding any such threat. He ruled out any possibility of cyclone in Odisha on October 28.

“There were rumours on social media regarding a cyclone making landfall in Odisha on October 28. IMD has not made any forecast. I urge people not to believe such fake reports and not to spread fake messages. We will convey immediately when IMD predicts so,” said Jena.

As per SRC data, Bhadrak recorded maximum rainfall of 152 mm followed by Puri (134.9), Cuttack (130.5), Balasore (127.8), Jajpur (127.8), Khurda (116.8), Kendrapara (104.6) and Jagatsinghpur (100.1).
Binjharpur block (Jajpur) recorded the highest rainfall of 249 mm in 24 hours. Bhubaneswar received 253 mm rainfall in the last two days.

“We have received reports of waterlogging in several low-lying areas in some districts. The concerned administrations have immediately swung into action to drain out rain waters from affected areas. The situation has now considerably improved,” Jena claimed and further added that State has not recorded any casualty in the last 24 hours.