Bhubaneswar, September 6 (LocalWire): The state government has put its disaster control machinery on high alert to meet with the exigencies of a possible flood, water-logging and landslide with low pressure-induced weather condition triggering heavy downpour in several parts of Odisha during the last 24 hours.
As a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of school children, the administrations in Ganjam and Kandhamal district today ordered the shutdown of schools and anganwadi centers till further orders.
This will be the third instance of low-pressure in the region that has triggered downpour in the state since August.
“With the State Meteorological Centre issuing a red and orange warning in several parts, the administration is taking no chances. A red alert is the strongest warning issued to officials directing them to take action, while an orange alert asks district officials to be prepared for a severe situation. The apprehension of a possible flood, water-logging, and landslide looms large. Therefore the government agencies are on the alert to meet with the exigencies,” an official of the Special Relief Commissioner’s office stated.
“With low-pressure building up over the Bay of Bengal, it has started raining moderately to heavily in Balangir for past two hours. In Raygada district around 364 mm rainfall was recorded during the last 24 hours, while Koraput and Malkangiri districts recorded 878 mm and 368 mm rainfall, respectively, an official at the SRC office said.
According to SRC reports, in Koraput district, it is currently raining heavily at few blocks and moderately at most of the places.
“While the administration has opened two gates of the Upper Indravati project yesterday, the water reached Kotpad block and is below the bridge,” SRC official informed.
The building up of low pressure over the Bay of Bengal has begun to have its impact in the districts of Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Sundargarh, Angul, Khordha, Ganjam, Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh and Nuapada.
According to reports, the sky in all of these districts is overcast with sporadic and moderate rain in some places.
As sea condition is likely to be unsteady and rough, fishermen have been advised to stay indoors and avoid going for fishing. There are reports of sea-bound fishermen from coastal districts suspending their sea voyage and returning to safety after the weather warning was issued on Thursday
Malkangiri district has already encountered heavy rainfall and flood situation thrice during the past 45 days. “We have successfully tackled the situation in ensuring the safety of life and property. We are ready to meet with the exigencies,” Malkangiri district collector Manish Agarwalla said.
Fire service, ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and NDRF have been kept in a state of readiness for deployment for search and rescue operation to counter any situation with the emergency department wings in all the districts functioning round-the-clock in view of the weather warning.