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5 Gates Of Hirakud Dam Closed, No Flood Situation In Odisha, Thousands In Relief Camps


17 August 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: As rainfall has decreased and water has been receding from low-lying areas of the State, there is no flood situation in Odisha, informed Water Resources Secretary PK Jena.

"On Friday, 10 gates of Hirakud Dam were open. The authorities have closed five gates today. Five are still open but they too will be closed at any moment. The water level in reservoir is around 620 feet which is below the danger level (630 ft)," said Jena.

As many areas in Puri and Kendrapara are water-logged, people have been shifted to relief camps and are being provided cooked food. 40 people in Puri, 48 in Khurda and 550 in Cuttack have been shifted to camps.

In worst-affected Bolangir, 19,000 people are being given food in 56 free kitchens and 3900 people in Sonepur are being served in 16 free kitchens, informed Deputy SRC Prabhat Mohapatra.

Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi has directed the Collectors to rescue people from low lying areas and provide them with food.

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Prabhat Mohapatra, Deputy SRC, Odisha

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PK Jena, Secretary, Water Resources, Odisha

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Sudam Marndi, Disaster Management Minister, Odisha