Odisha Floods More Than 4 Lakh People Affected Alerts Issued In Several Districts

Bhubaneswar: As the state grapples with the worst flood situation since 2011, over 4.67 lakh people in 1,757 villages in 10 districts of Odisha have so far been affected by the massive flood triggered by rainfall. The officials said on Wednesday that the flood situation in the Mahanadi basin continues to be grim. To add to the woes of the afflicted people, the meteorological department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in several districts of the state in the coming two days. All the government and private schools in Puri have been closed for two days — August 17 and August 18 in view of the flood.Also Read – Odisha Rains: Around 100 Houses Submerged in Sambalpur as Water Released From Hirakud Dam | PHOTOS

More Than 4 Lakh People Affected

Despite a stoppage of rain for the past three days and a fall in the water flow at the Mundali barrage near Cuttack, the flood situation remained grim in the Mahanadi basin system in Odisha. The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena informed that a total of 4.67 lakh people in 10 districts have been affected due to the floods. “Due to heavy rainfall and subsequent floods, over 2.5 lakh people in 425 villages have remained marooned while,” said SRC, PK Jena. “Over 60,000 people have been evacuated to safer places. Cooking food is being served to the evacuated people at different shelters,” Jena added. Also Read – Odisha: Flood Situation in Jajpur, Kendrapada districts Continues to be Grim

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Odisha districts affected by floods as of August 17, 2022.

Control Measures Taken By Government:

  • Flood water is being discharged from Hirakud reservoir through 40 gates. The inflow of flood water from Hirakud reservoir has reduced to 5.80 lakh cusecs while discharge of water remained at 6.69 lakh cusecs.
  • Due to heavy flow of flood water, two more breaches in river embankments were reported on Wednesday at Kathakote in Jagatsinghpur district. Evacuation has started in the area. So far, six breaches have been reported in different river systems.
  • Anti-snake venom doses have been supplied to community health centers and primary healthcare centers while 10 vehicles carrying RO plants have been deployed to the flood affected areas of Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts.
  • The district administrations and engineers of the water resources department are working round-the-clock to tackle the situation and rescue operations are also underway by Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire service personnel.

For the first time after 2011, Odisha is experiencing such a high-level of water flow in the Mahanadi system at Mundali. The peak flood is now passing through low lying areas of Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts. “Water flow will start reducing from tomorrow morning,” Jena said. “This night is crucial when the peak flood will pass through and reach the sea. Following which, the water level will further recede,” he added.

More Rain Predicted In Next Two Days

Holding a review meeting, Odisha Revenue Minister Pramila Mallick asked the Keonjhar, Bhadrak, and Jajpur district collectors to remain on alert for another fresh low pressure likely to be formed over the north Bay of Bengal on August 19.

  • The IMD office at Bhubaneswar had issued yellow warning of heavy rainfall in 20 districts of the state on Thursday and an orange alert of very heavy rains in 17 Odisha districts for Friday amid warning of development of a new low pressure area, the third in the past overnight.
  • The meteorological center issued an orange alert of very heavy downpour of 116-204 mm in 17 districts, including Cuttack, Kendrapara and Sambalpur, on Friday.
  • Heavy showers are expected for the rest of the 13 districts on the day. It predicted very heavy precipitation in Kalahandi and seven districts of western Odisha on Saturday, besides heavy rain in nine adjoining districts.
  • The government has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea in north and west central Bay of Bengal on Friday and off the coast on Saturday as squally weather with wind speed of 45-55 km per hour is expected over the region, officials said.

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