Heavy Rains, Looming Flood Situation Throw Life Out Of Gear In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Low pressure induced heavy to very heavy rainfall across several districts of the State. With a looming flood situation, normal life has been thrown out of gear.

The district of Sundargarh has been on the receiving end of intense rainfall for the last two days; worst affected being the Badagaon block. Water levels have increased in the major water body of the district—the Safei river. Phulabari bridge was inundated, cutting off the communication between Badagaon and Phulabari. Similarily other approach roads between Kantiamara and Mukundapur, Pamara and Udarama and Sahajabahala and Machamara have been washed off. There were also reports of waterlogging in Sundargarh town.

So far, three kucha houses have been damaged in the district.

Toady morning Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena tweeted that there is medium flood risk in Subarnarekha river and advised Balasore district administration to take proactive action including evacuation wherever required. Two each of sluice gates and radial gates in Chandil Dam and 16 spillways in Galudih Barrage have been opened to prevent the nearby areas from flooding.

Apart from Subarnarekha, Brahmani, Baitarani and Kharasrota river systems are also under special watch and local administration has been put alert.

Kendrapada district received light rainfall from last afternoon till late night. While the rain had stopped on Thursday morning water had inundated agriculture fields in Marsaghai, Derabish, Kendrapara, Mahakalpada, Pattamundai, Aul and Rajkanika. However, there was no submergence of habitation.

No casualty reported has been reported so far in the State.