Satellite technology and GIS mapping should be used to study the flood patterns. Mitigation for flood damage would be more appropriate to manage floods rather than attempts to stop the river from flooding into the historical flood plains which nature has developed over centuries.
The floodwater in the Mahanadi River has washed away gharial crocodile hatchlings from Satkosia gorge, near Tikarpada in Angul district.
It is a paradox that the state government keeps seeking huge centre assistance for relief and rehabilitation for Mahanadi flood but would not take up the Subalaya project which would bring permanent remedy.
As the data and expert opinions continue to flow, the question and concern is getting shriller; was the flood completely unavoidable and nothing could have been done to protect the property of the common man?
Days of heavy rainfall under the influence of back-to-back low pressure areas and the consequent flooding due to rise in river water levels, has left lakhs of people stranded in parts of Odisha.
The dam authorities recently decided to release the excess floodwater following steady rise in the water level of the reservoir in the wake of incessant rainfall in the catchment area of the dam.
“It is unfortunate that the Chhattisgarh government is not letting Mahandi water to flow by closing 66 gates of the barrage. Up to seven kilometres from the barrage along Chhattisgarh, the river gives an illusion of a sea while the same river on the Odisha side looks like desert. We will demand the Chhattisgarh government to open at least five sluice gates in order to ensure water inflows to Hirakud dam. The government should let the river flow.”
The tribunal also directed the State government to take stringent measures to check illegal sand mining.
One incident firmly etched in my mind was the encounter with a wolf whom we had once surprised at her den.
Three more bodies were recovered from the Mahanadi River by the Fire services personnel on Friday (Nov 26) after four minor boys went missing while taking bath.
In a tragic incident, a youth reportedly died after jumping off the bridge over Kathajodi River on Wednesday (Oct 20) morning. The victim jumped off the bridge between Press Square and Gopalpur in Cuttack.
"When a river dies, a civilization dies with it, and these 400 odd villages meet the same fate."
In a major breakthrough in Cuttack Christ College student Tusharkanti Sahu’s death case, Jagatpur police on Monday (27 September) has arrested two persons.
Amid rising protests against a mega drinking water project, Section-144 has been imposed. This prohibitory order has been issued in Balakati, Bharigada, Barunadiha panchayats under Rajkanika of Kendrapara district.
The police on Thursday fished out the body of a student of Christ College in Cuttack who had gone missing on Wednesday.