Bhubaneswar, August 7 (LocalWire) The state government has asked the district collectors of southern Odisha to take a slew of measures in anticipation of a possible flood as heavy rains continues in the areas.
“The water level has again been rising at Gunupur.
The water level at Kashinagar is also likely to increase.
In view of the extremely heavy rain forecast by IMD, the situation could worsen in case of intense rainfall.
“Keeping this in mind, you are requested to take necessary actions,” special relief commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said in a letter Wednesday evening to collectors of seven districts declared most vulnerable of depression rains by weather office.
The seven districts are Rayagada, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur.
According to rainfall data, the state received 57.5 mm rainfall in last 24 hours while places such as Kandhamal and Rayagada witnessed more than 150 mm rainfall.
The met office has predicted more rainfall in next 24 hours due to deep depression over Bay of Bengal.
The SRC asked the collectors to take several measures.
They include identifying villages to be submerged by possible flood, sending out engineers for possible breach of roads, river or canal embankments and repairmen of the same, evacuation of population residing in low-lying areas to safe shelter houses, and making provision of dry and cooked food for them.
The other measures included providing polythene sheets to families whose houses have been damaged by heavy rainfall, keeping Odisha Disaster response Action Force (ODRAF) and Fire service team ready to deal with emergency situation.