The heavy rain in many parts of Odisha has claimed two lives and as many as 12 districts are alerted for flood. The collectors of 12 districts received an alert from the state government as more rain is likely to hammer some areas due to low pressure. special relief commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra told reporters that the district officials have been warned to take all the steps in case of any eventuality after the situation was reviewed at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The districts that are on risk are Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Boudh, Nayagarh and Keonjhar. The chief minister ordered to evacuate people from low lying areas and make arrangements for food and relief supply, said Mohapatra.
Over 8.43 lakh cusec of water was flowing in the river Mahanadi at Munduli, the SRC said, adding the flow could rise upto a maximum of 10 lakh cusec with 11 sluice gates opened at Hirakud Dam.
Four districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Keonjhar and Sundargarh are expected to get more rains by tomorrow due to a low pressure. As a result, fear of floods may arise in rivers like Budhabalang and Subarnerekha, he said.