Bhubaneswar, August 14 (LocalWire): The state government has prepared a comprehensive damage control plan and has instructed district collectors to take actions in areas that are going to be affected by floodwater discharge from Hirakud, the region’s largest water reservoir.
The water level at the reservoir has reached 618.47 feet by 9 AM on Wednesday, just 11 feet below the optimal level of 630 feet.
The authorities of Hirakud reservoir have decided to open the gates at 11 in the morning on Wednesday.
Since the flow of water from the reservoir is likely to flood the catchment and downstream areas of river Mahanadi, special relief commission (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has asked collectors of 11 western and coastal districts to remain alert in view of the impending flood.
The water flow at Mundali was recorded at 5.11 lakh cusec in the morning on Wednesday. About 11.5 lakh cusec of floodwater is likely to be discharged at Munduli on Aug 15 between 6-10 am, as per the projection of the state water resources department.
The state government has instructed collectors of Bolangir, Subarnapur, Boudh, Angul, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Kendrapada and Jajapur to take necessary steps such as making evacuation plans for vulnerable areas and taking care of the shelter houses in order to provide safe food, drinking water to the concerned peopled and children post evacuation.
The district collectors have also been instructed to take stock of food availability in their respective regions, including food for cattle and animals.
State road and power department officials have also been instructed to take immediate action in the situation of power failure or breach of river embankment or road damage due to the flood.
For rescue operations, the state government has already deployed 12 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) along with three teams of NDRF at key places.
The district emergency control rooms in concerned districts will remain operative round the clock to coordinate rescue and evacuation efforts, as per the government direction.
The situation emerged as low pressure-induced heavy rain, supported by an active monsoon, have affected many regions and key rivers in western Odisha during the last 48 hours.