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16 August 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Following heavy and incessant rains for the past few days along with phase-wise release of flood water through 20 gates of Hirakud Dam since Wednesday, there is no flood situation in the downstream areas of Mahanadi river system in Odisha as the water level is receding and situation will be hopefully normal by today evening.

This was informed by Odisha Water Resources Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena today at the Lok Seba Bhawan (State Secretariat) here. 

Talking to media, Jena informed, “The situation in Mahanadi will be normal by today evening as the flood water is released into the sea. Kerandia is an island prone to flood water ingress as there is no embankment. So far Puri is concerned, Bhargabi river system completely mingles with Chilika. Due to the configuration of Chilika lake, the process of flood water release gets slow. Kanas area remains water-logged for days together as it is a low-lying area. But this time, the situation will be better as the water level is receding fast.”

He further informed, “However, situation will be hopefully normal by today evening. There is no flood-like situation. Yesterday, the water of Bhargabi river was above danger level about 1.5 mtr up. But today by 8 am, it was below danger level about 1 mtr down. It means, water level has gone down 2.5 mtr. Receding of water level has been received from everywhere. There isn’t any major problem reported from anywhere else.”

He stated, “Nevertheless, we are on high alert. Patrolling along riverbanks has been day and night by using light with the help of petromaxes and generators. Breaches have been responded promptly everywhere and they haven’t aggravated. Thus, there isn’t any alarming situation. In our entire State, there were 86 critical spots. In the Mahanadi system around 30-40.”

“I have myself taken stock of the situation on the spot. I had been to Nimapara, Astaranga, Balanga areas. Our Chief engineers and Superintending engineers are touring all the spots. I was also personally monitoring till 3 am last night. The officials at the sites were forwarding me photos on Whatsapp. At most of the places, the district administration along with the local volunteers has cooperated a lot in this mission,” said the Water Resources Secretary.

Odisha Deputy Relief Commissioner Pravat Mohapatra informed media, “After the opening of 20 gates by Hirakud Dam yesterday and the released flood water having reached Mundali, around 5-5.5 lakh cusec water passing. There isn’t any major problem.”

“There are some areas of Banki without embankments for which water enters the fields. It is the case with both Banki and its Dampada block. Till now the areas are water-logged. As now water level is receding, the water-logging situation will also obviously improve,” he stated.

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PK Jena, Secretary, Water Resources, Odisha