Fresh flood alert in Orissa after heavy rain

Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 18:30

Bhubaneswar: With heavy downpour in most
parts of northern region of the state due to depression,
Orissa government on Thursday issued fresh flood alert in four
districts.
As water level in rivers like Baitarani, Brahmani and
Budhabalang rose above danger mark this afternoon, the Special
Relief Commissioner asked the districts concerned to evacuate
people from low lying areas as flood water could submerge many
places in the northern region.

Some villages in Jajpur district had been submerged by
swollen Baitarani, officials said.

The districts, where alerts have been issued were -
Bhadrak, Kenonjhar, Jajpur and Kendrapara.

Bhadrak and Jajpur districts were facing the second spell
of flood in a span of only 20 days, they said.
Separate teams of engineers were rushed to these
districts to check possible breaches on river embankments, a
spokesman of SRC said, adding, collectors were also told to
keep relief materials ready for any eventuality.

The local IMD office said that the depression is likely
to move West-North-Westwards and cross North Orissa-West
Bengal Coast between Balasore and Digha soon.

Meanwhile, Revenue and Disaster Management department
advised hoisting of storm warning signals- local cautionary
signal number three ( LC-III) at all ports in the state.

Gusty surface wind speed, reaching 45-55 kmph to 65 kmph,
would blow across Orissa coast with the sea condition slated
to be rough to very rough.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea, it said,
adding, some places in northern districts could experience
heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next two days.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 18:30

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