The ravaging flood in Mahanadi basin has caused immense hardships for people in several districts of Odisha and the situation is unlikely to change in next 24 hours.
The father-son duo had gone to tend goats five days earlier. However, they were stranded on the island due to sudden rush of flood water which engulfed the area.
Amid grave flood situation in Mahanadi river basin and spate in several other rivers in Odisha following week-long heavy rainfall activities in the state as well as in Chhattisgarh, the governments of both the neighbouring states are set to meet today for high-level talks on chalking out strategies for river water sharing.
Even though the Odisha government has predicted a small-scale flood due to release of massive amount of floodwaters from Hirakud Dam in a day or two, several low lying regions of districts from east to west Odisha especially the ones situated around the Mahanadi basin have already witnessed flood situation.
Chief Engineer, Water Resources Dhiren Samal informed that the water level in the basins of Mahanadi, Baitarani, Brahmani and other rivers is either stable or on a receding trend. “So, there is little likelihood of escalation of flood situation in these systems,” he assured.
Odisha Water Resources Department has ruled out chance of any flood in Mahanadi river basin now even as the State continues to witness rainfall activity under the influence of a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.