No Major Flood Threat For Odisha, Says SRC

Bhubaneswar: As rains continue to lash different parts of Odisha under the influence of the Deep Depression, Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena on Tuesday said that there is no major flood threat for the State.

Jena said that expected amount of rainfall has not occured in the upper catchment areas. While the water level at Baitarani river will breach the danger level at many places, it will not have any serious impact.

As Kani river flows through low-lying areas in Dasarathpur and Binjharpur blocks of Jajpur district, it is prone to flooding even during moderate rainfall. Therefore, the Collector has been asked to monitor the situation in the areas and the authorities there have been put on alert.

The amount of rainfall in upper catchment areas of Brahmani river will be detected today. The water of the river is flowing around 4 metres below the danger level. However, the river system is also being monitored.

Jena further informed that the water at Hirakud reservoir is presently at 626.05 metre. As the Deep Depression has weakened into a depression over north Chhattisgarh, rainfall is expected in Chhattisgarh.

Around 1.95 lakh cusec water was flowing into the reservoir from upper catchment areas of Mahanadi in Chhattisgarh today morning. Few sluice gates of the Hirakud dam will be opened today to release excess water based on the situation. Meanwhile, all departments have been asked to assess the damages and submit their reports at the earliest, added Jena.

 

Pradeep Kumar Jena, SRC, Bhubaneswar