Flood Situation In North Odisha Being Closely Monitored, Says EIC Water Resources Department

Bhubaneswar: The Water Resources Department today claimed to be closely monitoring the situation arising due to flood in River Jalaka in north Odisha.

“Due to heavy rainfall in north Odisha, there is flood, particularly in River Jalaka. One breach in the river’s embankment has been reported near Mathani. Four breaches have been reported in the river’s embankment in Rasgobindapur block in Mayurbhanj district which has resulted in inundation of the area,” informed Engineer-in-Chief of Water Resources Department Dhiren Samal.

The EIC said that water is still flowing through these breaches and added that as soon as the water level decreases, the breaches in the embankments will be repaired.

“Starting from Chief Engineers to Junior Engineers of our Department are keeping a close vigil over the situation. They are on the site of these breaches. Sandbags, bamboos, wooden poles and all that is required to plug the breaches temporarily have been kept ready and as soon as the water level recedes restoration of the embankment at the breaches will be taken up immediately,” Samal clarified.

Quoting India Meteorological Department’s forecast, the EIC stated that low rainfall has been predicted upstream of Jalaka river on September 24 and 25.

He said the Subarnarekha was flowing below the danger level at Rajghat.