Baitarani River crosses danger mark; Bhadrak villages marooned

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Bhubaneswar: The flood situation remained grim in Bhadrak district with Baitarani River crossing its danger mark at Akhuapada today. The water flowed 18.47 metres against the danger mark of 17.83 this morning.

Heavy rainfall in the upper catchments of the Baitarani River basin has caused the floods which has inundated about 400 villages under 70 Gram Panchyats (GPs) in the district.

The worst affected are nine GPs of Bhandaripokhari block and 20 GPs Dhamnagar block. Several villages in these blocks have been submerged in the flood water. Similarly, Tihidi, Basudevpur & Chandabali blocks in the district have also been affected.

Besides, road communication in several parts of the district has been snapped as the main roads have been flooded. Moreover, the water has engulfed the hundreds of acres of paddy and vegetable fields damaging the crops.

According to available information district Collector and other officials are currently reviewing the situation. Besides mobile teams are closely watching vulnerable river and canal embankments.

Apart from Bhadrak, flood threat also looms large over Jajpur, Kendrapara and Keonjhar districts.

The SRC has asked Collectors of the above districts to stay prepared to meet any eventuality and make necessary arrangement for evacuation of people residing in vulnerable locations. He also directed them to ensure round-the-clock functioning of control rooms.

Besides, the SRC has asked the collectors to cancel holidays of employees of the affected blocks/ districts on September 8 and 9 as per requirement.

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