4,964 Villages In 24 Districts Affected By Heavy Rains, 6 Casualties, 2 Missing

Bhubaneswar: As many as 24 districts of Odisha have been affected by the heavy rains which lashed the State over last few days, followed by waterlogging and flood-like situation in some parts. A situation report shared by the Special Relief Commissioner’s office on Wednesday stated that six persons died in the State during these days amid heavy downpour.

Total 4,964 villages across Odisha have been affected in the heavy rains over the last three days. Three persons died in Kendrapara district due to wall collapse, one in Khurda due to drowning, and two persons died in Ganjam and Subarnapur districts due to wall collapse incidents. Two persons have been reported missing after drowning in Nischintikoili (Cuttack) and Puintala block in Bolangir district, the report stated.

Total 5 teams of the Odisha Disaster Response Action Force have been deployed in Balasore, Bhadrak and Kendrapada districts while 2 teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed for rescue and restoration works.

During the threee days, from September 13 to 15, Odisha received an average rainfall of 173 mm, with Jagatsinghpur (395.9mm), Puri (374.7mm), Boudh (367.6mm), Subarnapur (311.8mm) and Cuttack (289.6mm) districts receiving the maximum amount of rainfall. On Wednesday, Bhogarai in Balasore, Ghatagaon in Keonjhar, Kakatpur in Puri, and Subdega and Sundergarh in Sundergarh districts received rainfall over 100mm.

The water level in Mahanadi at Naraj stood at 25.75 metres while river Jalaka was flowing above the danger mark at 6.60 metres. Similarly, Baitarani river at Akhuapada was flowing at 18.26 metres, when measured at 6 pm on Wednesday. Similarly, Budhabalanga and Vansadhara rivers have also swollen, the report revealed. The situation is being closely monitored, a senior official said.