Apart from the loss of human lives, eight cattle also died in extreme thunderstorms and lightning activities in Gajapati and Kandhamal districts.
In its advisory, the SRC has asked district Collectors Municipal Corporations, and other officials to remain alert, especially in the districts where Red, Orange, or Yellow warnings have been issued by the IMD.
As per the prediction of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), first western Odisha districts will experience heavy rainfall activities and subsequently, the amount of rainfall will increase in coastal districts till July 26 and 27.
The alert has been issued for the districts like Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Kandhamal, Khordha, Cuttack, Nayagarh, Gajapatai and Ganjam.
pecial Relief Commissioner (SRC) Satyabrata Sahu today said summer cyclones are always unpredictable. However, there is no need to panic as all measures are being taken to deal with any situation as May month is prone to cyclones.
In a letter to all Collectors, the SRC has advised the districts under yellow warning to keep administrative machinery ready to face any eventuality.
“If we live in a disciplined manner, the situation will become normal like as it was earlier. I would like to request you all that you should maintain the brotherhood and coordination,” said Satyabrata Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary, Odisha.
He was appointed after the outgoing SRC, Pradeep Jena was elevated to the post of Chief Secretary of Odisha recently.
Hours after OTV aired the news on the difficulties faced by menstruating girls and women in flood-hit areas for not having sanitary pads, the State government announced distribution of pads in the affected areas free of cost.
The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena said that several districts, including Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and neighbouring Jharkhand experienced heavy rainfall under the influence of the deep depression system.
Urging people not to try to cross road, bridges or culverts where floodwater is flowing, the SRC said, “Let's not underestimate the power of flowing water.
Addressing a presser here in Bhubaneswar, Jena said three blocks of Balasore received more than 200mm rainfall with Bhograi receiving highest 226mm rainfall. Similarly, 16 blocks of Mayurbhanj district received more than 100mm rainfall followed by 100-50mm rainfall in five blocks of Keonjhar district.
Flood Situation Likely To Improve: Odisha SRC Pradeep Jena
Since Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Keonjhar are likely to witness rains under the impact of depression, we are reducing water levels in the reservoirs in these districts, said SRC
With the flood situation in the State changing, all erys are on what lies ahead. The Special Relief Commissioner of the State, Pradeep Jena briefed media with the latest update on the flood situation in Odisha.
The SRC informed that embankment patrolling will be intenfised across 10 districts of the state.
The Odisha government on Monday initiated measures to avoid a major flood in Mahanadi river by closing eight gates of Hirakud dam.
Odisha SRC informed that seven ODRAF, three NDRF and 12 Odisha fire services teams have been deployed to Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Khordha for response support. He said he has personally discussed with all collectors in lower Mahanadi areas and advised them to keep all field level officials and elected representatives in full alert to deal with eventual flood situation.
Odisha government on Sunday put the Collectors of several districts on alert in view of a medium-scale flood in Mahanadi and directed officials to carry out necessary evacuation and rehabilitation measures if required.
The alert has been issued for the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khordha (including Bhubaneswar city), Cuttack, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Kalahandi for the next three hours.