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No Flood Situation As Of Now, Water Level Receding: Odisha SRC

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24 July 2018


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Bhubaneswar: In the aftermath of the recently unprecedented rains that pounded across Odisha and even though it had been suspected of possible floods, especially in the Mahanadi and Baitarani river systems, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said that no flood situation in Odisha as of now as water level is receding in both Mahanadi and Baitarani.

Speaking to media at the State Secretariat here on Tuesday pre-noon hours, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “In the last 24 there has been no report of rain. Hence, situation is limping back to normalcy. 12,000 people had been evacuated across Odisha. Now they have all returned their homes from the respective relief centres. Now no one in the relief centres.”

He informed, “Water level has now receded at Mundali (Cuttack) to 4.5 lakh cusecs. Even water level that was above the danger level at Akhuapada (Bhadrak) has also gone down. Hence, there is no apprehension of flood in districts of Mahanadi and Baitarani systems as of now.”

The SRC added, “Damage assessment is under progress. All the District Collectors have been directed to tabulate damages in the villages by means of squad approach. Also livestock damage will be taken into account apart from the house damage. After receipt of final reports, State Government will sanction ex gratia to the affected.”

He informed, “Rs 4 lakh ex gratia will be sanctioned for each human death. If the house has been fully damaged, Rs 1 lakh compensation will be given. Also partially damaged house will be compensated.”

On the death reports, the SRC informed, “As per the report till now available with us, 14 persons have died. While some have died from snakebite, some owing to wall collapse and some due to drowning. After receipt of post mortem report, ex gratia will be sanctioned.”

On the release of season’s first flood water from Hirakud Dam, he informed, “We hope that water within 3 lakh cusecs will be released. We have report that the present flood water in Mahanadi and after the release of flood water from Hirakud Dam, there will be no flood danger in Mahanadi river basin.”

Also Read: Hirakud Dam Opens First Sluice Gate No 7, Releases Season's First Flood Water

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Water Receding In Baitarani

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Bishnupada Sethi, SRC, Odisha