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Flood worries continue to grip Odisha

 

Naveen Patnaik takes flood review meeting

Posted on 06 Aug 2014

Last updated 06 Jul 2016 01:02 IST

  Odisha, Flood, Naveen Patnaik

As reviewed by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on August 6, 2014 in the morning, the reservoir water level at Hirakud has remained 628 ft. against the full capacity of 630 ft. and 40 sluice gates are opened to release water downstream. About 11.5 lakh cusec water is expected to pass through Mundali barrage by midnight, said a release from the CM's Office.

HNF Correspondent
 

Flood situation still grim in Odisha as rains continue across the state and major rivers including Mahanadi, Baitarani, Brahmani and Subarnarekha continue to spate and flow above the danger mark.

Responding to the situation, state government has stepped up rescue operations evacuating 17,000 people from villages threatened by swollen rivers. However, 23 people have died so far in rain and flood-related incidents.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while taking review meeting with senior officials, discussed with Collectors of affected districts through video conferencing and district administrations 12 districts have been asked to remain watchful and prepared to meet any situation in the event of possible flood.

Taking note of the situation, the chief minister stressed upon timely evacuation of people from low lying areas and ensure free cooked food and relief at necessary points, said Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.

Several areas in the state have been inundated and submerged due to heavy rains over last three days. Life has gone out of gear in many parts including Sambalpur, which received over 336.8mm rainfall in a very short span. Transport communication has been affected as roads are washed away in several places.

  More rains in Chhattisgarh would lead to further swelling of the river Mahanadi and more inflow of water to Hirakud reservoir where the water level is already at 628 ft. against the full capacity of 630 ft.  
While river Mahanadi is already swollen and flows above danger level at several points, rain is expected to continue in Odisha for another 24 hours due to the low pressure that turned into a deep depression centred over Northeast Madhya Pradesh and Neighbourhood close to South of Sidhi, as per the alert issued by MET department.

More rain in the upper catchment areas of river Mahanadi in Chhattisgarh would lead to further swelling of the river and more inflow of water to Hirakud reservoir.

As reviewed by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on August 6, 2014 in the morning, the reservoir water level at Hirakud has remained 628 ft. against the full capacity of 630 ft. and 40 sluice gates are opened to release water downstream. About 11.5 lakh cusec water is expected to pass through Mundali barrage by midnight, said a release from the CM's Office.

The reservoir is likely to receive more water as Chhattisgarh has released over 1.64 lakh cusecs of water from Gangrel dam in Dhamtari, 10,880 cusecs from Sondur, 7,648 cusecs from Dudhawa and about 25,000 cusecs of water from Sikasar dam in Gariyaband. According to MET department alert, heavy downpour is likely to continue for another two days in Chhattisgarh.

In such a case, the number of sluice gates opened would increase to release more water from the reservoir.

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