Odisha prepared to tackle flood-like situation: Minister Maheswar Mohanty

Bhubaneswar: A day after Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) ruled out the possibility of flood, Odisha on Tuesday asked district collectors in some parts of the State to remain alert in view of a possible flood-like situation.

“Barring a few districts, almost all parts of Odisha received rainfall in the past 24 hours. Though there was no flood-like situation yesterday; possibility of floods cannot be ruled out in some places,” said Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Maheswar Mohanty on Tuesday.

“We are monitoring the situation and well prepared to meet a flood-like situation. The district collectors have been asked to remain alert,” said Mohanty.

Mohanty further informed that in case of flood, adequate steps will be taken to provide assistance to the affected people.

An official of the Disaster Management department said all major rivers are flowing below the danger level and there is no flood-like situation in the state.

The average rainfall in the state recorded on Tuesday since Monday was 28.9 mm, he added. Two districts which received an average rainfall of more than 50 mm were Jharsuguda (100.1 mm) and Jajpur (74.8 mm).

Other districts which received substantial rainfall were Cuttack, Deogarh, Bhadrak, Puri, Dhenkanal, Malkangiri and Sambalpur.

With this, Odisha has received 18.1 per cent surplus rain in July (up to July 17), the official said.

Four districts have received surplus rainfall of more than 19 per cent whereas 17 more districts have received normal rainfall, informed sources.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rainfall at a few places in some districts including Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur.

(With IANS inputs)