Baitarani Crosses Danger Mark, Six Districts On Flood Alert

**Bhubaneswar:** After flash floods in southern Odisha, flood like situation has been triggered in Odisha’s northern districts like Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh.

According to reports, Baitarani river crossed the danger mark at Akhupada near Anandpur in Keonjhar district on Monday. The water level was measured to be at 17.86 meters against the danger mark of 17.83 meters.

Earlier, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department alerted the District Collectors of Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh. 10 Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire brigade personnel were also kept on alert to tackle the situation.

The District Collectors have been asked to remain in full preparedness to face any eventualities and ensure that field officials are in their respective positions.

The meteorological department also predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall across the State under the influence of upper air cyclonic circulation over Gangetic West Bengal.

Meanwhile, flood water is being released through 10 gates from the Hirakud Dam to keep the water level of Mahanadi river in check. Authorities on Monday opened five more gates to release the flood water keeping an eye on the heavy rainfall in the upstream of river Mahanadi.

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