Bhubaneswar, August 14 (LocalWire): Over 2.5 lakh people living along the river in seven districts of the state have been affected by flash flood even as the government today claimed to have evacuated 44,471 people from marooned pockets of these flood-hit districts.
According to the Special Relief Commissioner’s office, over 134 villages in 19 blocks of Bolangir, Boudh, Kalahandi, Nupapada, Subarnapur, Bargarh, and Kandhamal districts are hit by flood triggered by the heavy spell of rain, with Bolangir being the worst-hit district among all.
Of the 2.55 lakh people affected, Bolangir district accounts for 1.5 lakh people affected by deluge and heavy rain. However, reports indicate that there has been some improvement in the situation in Bolangir after it stopped raining in the district.
Over 18,000 people have so far been rescued from marooned and water-logged pockets. The evacuees have been provided shelter in sixty temporary flood relief centers with free cooked and dry food facility, the SRC office informed.
According to sources, Bolangir block recorded rainfall of 555 mm followed by Puintala (333 mm) and Deogaon (238 mm), while 17 blocks in other flood-affected district recorded rainfall of 100 mm and above during the last 24 hours.
Five affected blocks besides low- lying areas in Bolangir district headquarters town continues to remain under a vast sheet of water. Though rain has stopped, the sky is overcast. The danger is yet to be averted. We are living in misery. It will go up manifold if it rains in torrents further, said flood-affected people from the town.
In neighbouring Subarnapur, an erstwhile sub-divisional headquarters of Bolangir, Tarava block is the worst hit with large areas still lying submerged.
The vehicular traffic on the busy National Highway #57 connecting Sonepur to Tarbha Stands that was disrupted yesterday was restored today after the NDRF team which couldn’t reach yesterday arrived early morning today to expedite the relief and rescue operation.
Meanwhile Odisha’s coastal districts – Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh, and Kendrapara – are bracing for flood as the authorities started to release water from Hirakud dam today.
The floodwater is being released from Gate No 7 of the dam. The water level in the dam stood at 618.69 feet as against its intake capacity of 630 feet.
However, keeping in view the flood-like situation in areas on the downstream of river Mahanadi, the dam authorities have decided not to open any other gate for releasing water today.