Recent Rainfall Has Improved Drought Situation In Odisha: Dhiren Samal

Bhubaneswar: The recent rainfall has improved the drought situation in Odisha, informed Engineer-in-Chief of Water Resources Department, Dhiren Kumar Samal, on Saturday.

Samal said that the late rainfall came as a relief when the State was facing a drought-like situation. It led to the rise in the water level of many medium reservoirs.

At present, the water level at 11 reservoirs is 50-75 percent, 75-100 percent in 20 reservoirs, and 100 percent in two reservoirs.

Reportedly, three blocks in three districts have received rainfall above 50 mm, while 19 blocks in 12 districts have received rainfall from 20 mm to 50 mm in the last 24 hours.

Informing about the flood situation in the State, Samal said that the water of Brahmani river is flowing below the danger level at Aul. The discharge of water into the sea has also increased.

There will be a further increase in the discharge of water tomorrow (September 19) but it will decrease on September 20. However, there is no flood threat in the area, he added.

Samal said that no river is flowing above the danger level at any place in Kendrapara. The water of Baitarani river has receded and no rainfall has been reported in Keonjhar district.

The Subarnarekha river at Rajghat is on a falling trend since last night and is now flowing below the danger level. While there is no flood threat, the minor breaches reported in some areas today morning have been repaired.

As per the latest satellite images, there will be no more rain in Odisha, he added.