Odisha rivers in spate

Bhubaneswar: Several rivers in northern Odisha were in spate on Saturday following incessant rains as two persons were swept away by the Baitarani river in Keonjhar district.

A man and his son went missing while crossing Baitarani near Satahalia village. A search operation was launched to trace them, the sources said.

Two persons were killed in wall collapse incidents in Keonjhar and Jajpur districts yesterday following heavy downpour during the last three days.

Several areas of Balasore district were affected by flash flood in Jalaka River as its water level crossed the danger level. At least eight gram panchayats in Basta block were affected by flash flood.

Water level in Jalaka river touched 6.25 metre at Mathani in Basta block this evening while its danger level is 5.50 metre. Water level is increasing at 0.1 metre per hour in Jalaka river.

On Basta-Baliapal road at Kudia, water was flowing on the road causing traffic snarl. Similarly, the road linking National Highway-60 and Basta Railway station was submerged.

The water level in Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga rivers rose gradually.

The Highest rainfall of 171 mm was recorded in Khaira block since yesterday. The average rainfall in Balasore district was 910 mm since yesterday.

Swollen Baitarani river affected many parts of Keonjhar, Jajpur and Dhenkanal districts while Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga posed a threat to Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj districts.

However, the water level in major rivers like Mahanadi, Debi, Kusabhadra, Bansadhara and Rushikulya remained steady, Water Resource Department sources said.