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Flood threat in Odisha districts following heavy rain triggered by Yaas

Flood threat loomed over a few Odisha districts in summer season following heavy rain triggered by the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas on Thursday.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who undertook an aerial survey and chaired a meeting, directed the administration to gear up to face the flood threat and announced seven days of relief for people in submerged areas.

“We apprehend a medium level flood in the Baitarani river system due to heavy rain in its upper catchment. The Collectors of Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara district have been alerted,” said Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena here.

According to the India Meteorological Department, Yaas moved from Odisha to Jharkhand by dissipating further through Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts on Wednesday night.

Under its influence, heavy rain lashed 200 blocks in the coastal districts on Wednesday. Seven blocks received rainfall in the range of 300 to 400 mm. By 8 a.m. on Thursday, Keonjhar received 127 mm followed by Sundargarh (101 mm), Mayurbhanj (96 mm) and Deogarh (62 mm).

Kusumi in Mayurbhanj district recorded 515 mm rainfall over two days while Chandipur in Balasore and Rajnagar in Kendrapara received 427 mm and 420 mm in 48 hours spanning over Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Baitarani is flowing above danger level at Akhuapada and Anandpur in Keonjhar district. “The way water level is rising in the river, there could be flood in 31 villages under 14 gram panchayats of Dhamnagar block,” said Gyana Dash, Bhadrak Collector.

The Water Resource Department has deployed engineers to divert flood water from entering human habitations in the lower catchment.

Though Balasore and Mayurbhanj recorded heavy rainfall, the SRC said, the Subarnarekha and the Burahbalanga did not pose any flood threat.

About 30 lakh power consumers were affected but 70-80% restoration has been completed.

The Yaas has affected 10 coastal districts and some interior districts such as Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts. The government had shifted 7.10 lakh people to 8410 cyclone shelters in 12 districts.

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