Berhampur, Sept 6 (LocalWire): Ganjam and Gajapati districts are facing flood threat as all the rivers are in spate even as the rains continued to lash.
Road communication in several places in Ganjam district was disrupted as rainwater inundated roads and damaged a bridge near Sanakhemundi.
The water level in major rivers of the districts increased.
River Vansadhara at Kasinagara in Gajapati has crossed its danger mark.
The river was flowing at 54.72 metres in the afternoon as against its danger level of 54.60 metre.
Gajapati Collector Anupam Saha, however, said there was no threat of flood at present as 30,000 cusec water was released from the river.
All 22 gates of Gotta barrage have opened after discussion with engineers of Andhra Pradesh, he said.
Despite the fact, the administration was on alert to face any eventuality, Saha reiterated.
Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange visited several rain-affected areas of Hinjili, Chhatrapur, Sanakhemundi and Aska blocks as hundreds of hectares of standing crops, including paddy and vegetables lie submerged there.
‘We are assessing the situation and will submit a report to the government soon,’ he said.
Although the Collector ordered the suspension of classes he said teachers should be present in schools and if necessary, help people to accommodate inside the school buildings.
Hinjili received the highest rainfall of 344 mm in last 24 hours till 8.30 am today followed by Aska (213mm), Janibili (207 mm), Tanganapalli (120 mm), Purushottampur (98mm), Kukudakhandi (88mm) and Chhatrapur (79mm).
In fact, Hinjili received 314 mm rainfall during three hours that worsened the situation.
Chief engineer, water resources department, JP Rath, visited some of the rain-affected areas in Hinjili and observed that in some areas the banks of Jayamangala canal and Khari Nallah had slipped.
Around 38 km-stretch of Jayamangal canal and eight-km-stretch of Khari Nallah needs to be repaired.