Bhubaneswar, August 8 (LocalWire): Flood situation in Malkangiri and Rayagada, the districts most affected by the recent spell of incessant rain, has improved with water-level in major rivers receding during the past few hours, officials of the two southern districts said.
“As it has stopped raining in the past 12 hours, the water level in the rivers has lowered and there has been a slight improvement in the situation.
Still, we are not taking any chances as IMD has issued rain alert for the next 24 hours,” Malkagiri district collector Manish Agarwalla said.
“As a precautionary measure, schools and Anganwadi centres have been asked to remain closed today.
Around 4,919 people have so far been rescued and provided shelter in 47 relief centres.
The administration has urged everyone taking shelter in the relief centres not to head for home till the situation further improves,” he said.
The officer also informed that the road communication that had remained cut off yesterday is being restored as the river water that had deluged the road bridges has receded.
Reports indicate that there has been a marked improvement of the situation in neighbouring Rayagada with water level slowly going down in Vanshadhara river since the past 12 hours.
While the river is flowing below the danger level in Gunupur, the water level is slightly above the danger mark in Kashinagar area and the situation is improving as heavy rain has stopped in the region, though it is still drizzling in some parts of the districts.
“The rainwater had inundating a vast area of cropland and human settlement.
If the intensity of rain comes down today, we can expect the situation to return to normalcy by tomorrow,” district emergency wing officials stated.
According to officials, though all the eight blocks of Bissamcuttack, Chandrapur, Gudari, Gunupur, Kalyansingpur, Kashipur, Muniguda, and Ramanaguda were more or less affected by the heavy rain that, the situation is yet to assume alarming proportion in these areas.
Officials also informed that over 700 people have so far been evacuated to shelter centres and have been asked to stay at the centres till tomorrow morning.
“Free kitchen, dry food and safe drinking water have been provided to the evacuees,” an official said.
Meanwhile, reports from Koraput district indicate that the road bridge in Lima and Asana gram panchayat under Kundra Block has been inundated with stormwater that has a very strong current.
According to the latest update, district official along with the experts from Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire personnel have rushed to the site and vehicular traffic, and pedestrian movement has been stopped on the endangered bridge.