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Car Swept Away, Normal Life Paralysed, Villages Submerged: Flood Havoc Worsens in Odisha as Mahanadi Swells

By: Basanta Kumar Puri

News18

Last Updated: August 16, 2022, 19:46 IST

Bhubaneswar, India

The water level of the Mahanadi river breached the danger mark following heavy rain. (Image: News18/File)

The water level of the Mahanadi river breached the danger mark following heavy rain. (Image: News18/File)

The flood situation has worsened in 11 districts of Odisha and the water level of the Mahanadi river has been swiftly rising

Amid the devastating floods in Odisha, four people swept away in a car in Ghantikhal in Athagarh. Upon getting the information, the fire personnel reached the spot and rescued all 4 occupants who had swept on the road connecting Cuttack and Sambalpur.

The incident happened on Monday night while the four people were returning from Puri. The incident comes as the situation has been worsening in Banki and Athagarh block of Cuttack. Normal life has been paralysed due to flood as the inflow is rising in Hirakud dam.

Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the flood situation in the state in the presence of senior officials of various departments and the collectors of flood-affected districts.

During the interaction, the chief minister discussed the issue of the release of excess water from the Hirakud reservoir, which led to flooding in the Mahanadi river system.

The flood situation also remains grim in Boudh, Nayagada, Subarnapur, Cuttack, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts due to the flood in Mahanadi. The situation has worsened in Harabhanga block in Boudh district.

Over 40 villages have been submerged in Harabhanga block while huge area of farmland has been under flood. The vehicular movement has been disrupted in this block.

The embankment in River Kani has reported a breach due to the rising of water level in Baitarani river. A 40-feet wide breach has occurred in the embankment in the Kani river near Dasharathapur area of Jajpur district and over 100 villages have been inundated.

In Kendrapada district, the water level has risen in Luna, Karandia and Chitratpola rivers. Meanwhile, several areas of Derabish, Marshagahi and Mahakalapada blocks are likely to be affected in floods.

The flood situation in the Mahanadi has turned grim as the water level in Hirakud reservoir crossed  626 feet against the full reservoir level of 630 feet by 12 noon. While the inflow of floodwater to the reservoir was 7,88,652 cusec, the outflow was 4,34,008 cusec.  There is a major breach on Mahanadi river embankment of around 70 feet at Jaysankhapur in Kujang block of Jagatsinghpur district triggering panic in the region. With vehicular movement paralysed due to water level rising near about 4-5 feet, thousands of residents of five villages in Jillanasi Panchayats have been forced to stay on rooftops.

The people, especially in low-lying areas are panicked due to the floods. The situation is also grim in Bhapur and Gania block of Nayagada district. More than 80 villages have been surrounded in flood. Many others have submerged in Pipili and Kanas blocks due to the rising water levels in Daya and Kani rivers.

In Puri district, water levels of Daya river crossed 10 feet near Kaudiapur and 20-ft breach near Kaudiapur village under Kanas block. Floodwater from Kushabhadra river has entered 25 villages of 5 Panchayats under Kanas block in Puri district. Nagapaur, Badatara and Tarakora panchayats under Gop block were also submerged in flood, according to reports.

Many villagers from low-lying areas of Kanas block have moved to safer places while some others remained marooned by the deluge. Some areas of Satyabadi and Puri Sadar blocks including Pandiakera, Bagipada, Gadamatiapada, Bankatala, Gharachhia and Similipatna witnessed extensive flooding due to breaches in the embankments of Daya and Rajua rivers.

With the Karandia river overflowing its banks in Kendrapada district, Balarampur village in Marshaghai block and Hurasahi, Sisua, Sikilo villages in Garadpur block have been inundated. Residents of five villages of Ayatpur Panchayat under the Marshaghai block were also marooned. The Karandia river embankment has been breached in two blocks. Several villages were marooned due to breakage in Balarampur gheri and Dhiabalarampur village has been totally cut off from the rest of the region.

Around 550 students, 80 teachers and members of the school management committee were stranded in a school in Sadara block of Cuttack district due to rising water levels yesterday.  After school authorities informed the local administration, the fire service team reached the spot for undertaking a rescue operation. According to reports, the rescue operation is ongoing.

Ensure Zero Casualty: Odisha CM

The next 48 hours are very crucial with regards to the flood situation. The government is emphasizing zero casualty and the CM has directed officials to remain alert to tackle the situation and take all possible measures to save life and property.

Naveen Patnaik also directed officials to speed up the evacuation and protection of the embankments. The leaves of the government employees have been cancelled for the next 7 days.

(With inputs from Trib​ikram Pradhan, Navesh Mohanty, Saswat Dash, Nab Kishore Mishra, Kailash Sahu and Debashis Singrayan)

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first published:August 16, 2022, 11:39 IST
last updated:August 16, 2022, 19:46 IST