Medium Flood Likely In Odisha Says Water Resources Department

Bhubaneswar: Several rivers across Odisha are in swell and are flowing above danger level and continue to swell.

There is a possibility of medium flood in the Mahanadi River, informed the Engineer- in- Chief, Water Resources Department.

A medium flood in Mahanadi River is likely tomorrow after release of excess floodwater from Hirakud dam, said one of the official sources. However, the possibility of a flash flood has been ruled out.

It is noteworthy that, the present water level at Hirakud dam stands at 628.79 ft. Since yesterday, the floodwater is being discharged through 28 sluice gates.

People living in the low-lying villages were alerted through public address systems. Moreover, a cyclonic circulation has formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood near Myanmar.

The system is likely to intensify into a low pressure system in Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast around September 18, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) DG, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Thursday.

Noteworthy, heavy rainfall across Odisha under the influence of low pressure has caused flooding. Meanwhile, flood water in Mahanadi river has increased sharply due to which the water level in various rivers including Brahmani, Baitarani, Rusikulya, Bansadhara have subsequently increased.

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