Bhubaneswar, August 16 (LocalWire) With the water level in most major rivers falling, people in flood-prone districts on the downstream of Mahanadi river in Odisha are heaving a sigh of relief.

Authorities are however not taking any chances though major flood inundating the coastal districts has become most unlikely.

The engineers of water resources department on the downstream of Mahanadi river are on the job and inspecting the embankment zones susceptible to breach.

Sand-filled bags and bamboo poles are being installed at vulnerable embankments, Special Relief Commission (SRC) office said.

At Naraj barrage on the downstream of the river, the water level was gradually dropping.

The water level was recorded at 25.15 feet at 6 am today while it has dropped down to 24.82 feet at 6 pm.

As per latest reports reached at 6 pm today, the Mahanadi river and its tributaries Devi, Kushabhadra besides Brahmani, Baitarani, Burhabalanga Subarnrekha, Vansadhara, Rushikulya, Jalaka rivers were flowing below the danger level despite discharge of floodwater from Hirakud dam.

The water level at the dam stood at 620.39 ft at 6 pm today as against full reservoir capacity of 630 ft.

Water inflow into the dam was 1,74,386 cusec and outflow 1,74,386 cusec as per the latest SRC report.

In coastal districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Khordha, 18 low-lying villages have been affected as the swelling river water has made inroads into these areas.

But the situation is not alarming as the water level is receding in these areas.

Nearly 1,500 affected people in these districts have been evacuated to safety, the SRC office in its latest bulletin said.