Flood situation remains grim in Orissa

Last Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 18:17

Bhubaneswar: The flood situation worsened in
Orissa on Thursday with the Mahanadi river in spate, following heavy
downpour in neighbouring Chhattisgarh and the release of more
than seven lakh cusec of water from the Hirakud dam, officials
said.

As heavy rains continued to lash Chhattisgarh, the water
level at Hirakud dam rose menacingly, touching 627.27 ft as
against the reservoir level of 630 ft, a senior official said.
Water Resources Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said 48 of the
64 sluice gates of Hirakud reservoir have so far been opened
to release excess water and more gates would be opened if
necessary.

The inflow of water into the reservoir has touched
9,50,630 cusec while about 8 lakh cusec of water is being
released out of it, he said, adding that the discharge of such
a huge volume of water has made the flood situation quite
grim.

Stating that 11 lakh cusec of water is likely to flow
through Mundali near Cuttack by tomorrow, the official said
there were chances of several breaches taking place in the
process.
About 500 weak points have been identified on river banks
and embankments, of which 28 are highly sensitive and senior
engineers and experts have been sent there to keep a constant
vigil.

While an alert has been sounded in 11 districts, people
residing in areas located in the Mahanadi delta have been
asked to remain extra vigilant, Mohapatra said.

The district authorities of Sambalpur, Bolangir, Sonepur,
Boudh, Nayagarh, Angul, Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur,
Kendrapara and Khurda have been asked to be on guard.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister S N Patro said
instructions have been given to people to keep country
boats/mechanised boats, dry food, kerosene, flash light,
satellite phones, candles, matchboxes and other essentials
ready.

Besides river Mahanadi, other major rivers, including
Brahmani, Kathajodi, Baitarani, Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga,
Bansadhara and Jalaka, were also in spate following the heavy
downpour triggered by a low pressure.

About 45 villages have been submerged by the waters of
Baitarani river in Jajpur district, affecting around 22,000
people, a senior district official said, adding that relief
and rescue operation have been launched for the marooned
villagers.

In Balasore district, the deluge affected more than one
lakh people in around 140 villages.

Several villages were inundated in Bhadrak district,
as flood waters of Baitarani submerged vast areas, including
530 hectares of agriculture land in Dhamnagar and Bhandari
Pokhari areas, the official said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 18:17

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