Rivers swell amidst incessant rainfall

Jajpur/Bhadrak/Bhubaneswar: With incessant rainfall across the State, rivers are swelling with Baitarini River flowing over the danger level. Apart from Brahmani, water level in three other rivers – Brahmani, Budhabalanga & Subarnarekha – is rising on account of heavy rainfall across the State. Amidst such developments, the administration is keeping a close eye on the situation.

Baitarani River’s water level which is flowing above the danger level (at Anandpur & Akhuapada) have resulted in the first flood of the current monsoon season in the North and Coastal Odisha. Waters from the river have flooded the low lying areas of Jajpur district. Moreover, the road communication between Ghatagaon and Keonjhar has been cut-off after the Katrabeda bypass road on National Highway 215 has been washed away by floodwater. On the other hand, Suanpada-Balibarein road has been submerged by water at Shankarpur.

In Bhadrak district, many areas around Bhandaripokhari and Dhamnagar have also been flooded.

Similarly, water levels in north Odisha’s three most prominent rivers – Brahmani, Budhabalanga & Subarnarekha- are rising. Notably, floodwater was released from the Rengali Dam yesterday and it is feared that Dhenkanal and Kendrapara districts will be affected.
Commenting on the development, the Secretary of Water Resources, Pradip Kumar Jena said that the administration is prepared to deal with the situation.