Incessant rain triggers flood-like situation in Odisha


BHUBANESWAR: Incessant rain triggered a flood-like situation in parts of Odisha on Tuesday.

According to the meteorological centre, the low-pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal is likely to trigger the light to moderate rain or thundershower in most parts of Odisha for the next two days.

As per the report, heavy to very heavy rain may lash parts of south interior Odisha, and Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Bargarh districts on Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall is also likely at isolated places over Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Khordha, Puri, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Angul and Dhenkanal.

According to the official report, train services were affected in parts of west Odisha as the water was flowing over the tracks in some places due to torrential rain in Boudh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Sonepur districts.

As per the report, more rainfall likely to occur over the next three days due to the formation of a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal.

The district administrations have been asked to be prepared to deal with the possible flood.

In Boudh district, Deogaon, Kamaghat and Gambaripadar villages were marooned after water from Tel river and Khadanga river inundated low-lying areas.

The road link between Rubaliguda and Kantamal was snapped with high water levels on a considerable stretch of NH-41.

The situation was grim in Bolangir district too following submergence of several bridges and roads, and gushing water from Khadanga river entering Dharuapada and Tilakamala villages under Gudbhela block.

Many parts of Kandhamal district were severely affected when a temporary culvert was washed away near Bataguda, snapping road communication with Kalahandi and Rayagada districts.

According to the official report, schools have been closed on Tuesday in Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Bargarh districts.

According to the report from an East Coast Railway (ECoR) Spokesperson, train services have been temporarily suspended on Sambalpur-Titlagarh section due to waterlogging on the tracks at some places.

The district collectors have been asked to remain prepared to deal with the possible flood, and the administrative machinery is prepared to meet any eventuality.

Field officials are prepared to evacuate people from vulnerable areas to safe shelters and the arrangements have been made for providing adequate food, safe drinking water, lights, health and sanitation facilities at relief centres.

As per the official report, a warning has been issued to people living near Hirakud dam as the water level in the barrage has crossed 616 feet against the full reservoir capacity of 630 feet.

The officials said that in view of the situation, water would be released from the dam on August 14 through sluice gates.


With inputs from PTI

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