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Flood Situation Under Control In Balasore, Mayurbhanj: Dy SRC

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07 September 2016


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Bhubaneswar/Balasore/Mayurbhanj: With the water level of the alarmingly rising Subarnarekha and Jalaka rivers in Balasore district showing a receding trend on Wednesday pre-noon hours, State Administration said that the flood situation in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts was under control.

Talking to media, Deputy Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Prabhat Ranjan Mohapatra on Wednesday said at the State Secretariat that the flood situation in the adjoining districts of Balasore and Mayurbhanj was under control.

He even said that the next 24 hours rains, as predicted by the Met Centre in Odisha, may also not adversely affect.

He also informed that both the ODRAF and NDRF teams have already been stationed in Balasore while an ODRAF team has been kept on high alert at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district to deal with the eventualities.

Notably, an alarming situation rose following the rise in water levels of both Subarnarekha and Jalaka rivers on Tuesday.

The water level of Subararekha has crossed the danger mark of 10.36 metre at Rajghat and was flowing at 11.36 metre while the water level of Jalaka river has crossed the danger mark of 5.50 metre at Mathani and was flowing at 6.27 metre till reported in the pre-noon hours of Wednesday.

While 27 villages under Baliapal block still remained inundated till the last reports came in, 4 villages of Bhogarai block also experienced the same situation.

Three feet water was flowing over the Pejagola Chattan along the Basta-Baliapal Road on the day while four feet water was also flowing over the Tehsil Chattan till the reports last came in.
With heavy rains in the upper catchments of Subarnarekha, authorities of Galudih barrage in Jharkhand have opened 11 sluice gates of the barrage releasing 2.69 lakh cusecs of water per second.

Expecting high floods in Subarnarekha, Balasore district administration had alerted the people earlier residing near the river embankment advising them to shift to safer places. Meanwhile, road communication between Basta and Baliapal has been disrupted as the floodwater was flowing at a height of about 4 feet at Baharda, Mathani and Pejagola areas in the district.

As the floodwater has inundated the low lying areas, the inhabitants have shifted their family and domestic animals to safer places.

At some places, people were seen ferrying their bikes on the tractor carriers due to flooded roads.

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Prabhat Ranjan Mohapatra, Deputy SRC, Odisha