Bhubaneswar: One person was swept away as
swollen rivers submerged over 150 villages and affected more
than one lakh people in Orissa where the water level of river
Mahanadi was on the rise on Wednesday officials said.
Major rivers including Mahanadi, Brahmani, Kathajodi,
Baitarani, Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga, Bansadhara and Jalaka
were in spate following heavy downpour triggered by a low
A man, identified as Baisakhi Ojha, was washed away by
the strong current of Baitarani river in Dasarathpur area of
Jajpur district, they said.
Flood waters of the Baitarani river submerged over 40
villages in Jajpur and Dasarathpur blocks of Jajpur district
affecting around 22,000 people, a senior district official
said, adding relief and rescue operation was launched for
the marooned villagers.
As the water level of the Mahanadi contiuned to rise
menacingly, 36 of the 64 sluice gates were opened in Hirakud
reservoir in Sambalpur district, official sources said, adding
that water level crossed 626.31 feet as against the reservoir
level of 630 feet.
Inflow of water at the reservoir touched 5,43,840 cusec
while the outflow was 4,82,907 cusec, they said.
In Balasore district, around 135 villages were submerged
by flood waters of Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga and Jalaka river
affecting about one lakh people, Special Relief Commissioner P
K Mohapatra said.
In Bhadrak district, several villages were inundated as
flood waters of the Baitarani submerged vast areas including
528 hectares of agriculture land in Dhamnagar and Bhandari
Pokhari areas. Water level in Baitarani rose to 18.16 feet as
against the danger mark of 17.83 feet at Akhuapada, he said.