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17 July 2018

Ajesh Mallick


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Bhubaneswar: As Odisha is now under the spell of low-pressure-triggered torrential rains since Rath Yatra day last Saturday and the Regional Meteorological Centre has further predicted more rains in store, even heavy to heavy, State Government has put district administrations on flood alert.

This was informed by Odisha Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty at the State Secretariat here on Tuesday. The Minister said, “Heavy rains have lashed Odisha in the last few days. Only Deogarh, Sundargarh, Kendrapara and Gajapati districts have received comparatively less rainfall.”

“Following the incessant rains, there had been a flood-like situation till yesterday, but today we have not yet received any such reports. However, the District Collectors have been kept on alert and State Government is also prepared to deal with the exigencies,” the Minister stated.

Yesterday, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi had also stated that there had been weather forecast that some parts of Odisha would experience heavy rainfall. In pursuance of it, the State Administration had alerted all the District Collectors concerned.

The SRC had also informed that 100.7 mm rainfall had been recorded in Nuapada due to the incessant rains since Sunday night till Monday pre-noon hours. Some of the blocks had also received excessive rains. Bhawanipatna block in Kalahandi district had received 297 mm rainfall.

He had further informed that the State Administration had received information on Sunday night that water level of Bansadhara river was swelling up to the danger mark at Gunpur and Kashinagar. When the gate of the barrage in adjoining Andhra Pradesh was opened, the alarming water level had receded. Hence, there was no danger now.

Also he had informed that Nagavali and rivers in Kalyansinghpur had also swelled up, but later receded.

Even though no major loss of life and property has yet been be reported due to the previous one, the lurking more rains has put all on their toes. The administrative machinery both at the district and State levels are on high alert and prepared for meeting any sort of exigencies as stated by both the Minister and the SRC.

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Maheswar Mohanty, Minister, Revenue & Disaster Management, Odisha