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Naveen reviews flood-like situation; 11 district Collectors put on alert

Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, reviewing the possible flood-like situation in the State on Wednesday directed the concerned officials to keep watch on the water levels of Mahanadi river basin and stay prepared to combat the situation.

Patnaik discussed about the flood-like situation with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishupada Sethi.

In the meeting, it was reviewed that following release of flood water by Chhattisgarh into the lower catchments of Mahanadi River, 25 sluice gates have been opened at Hirakud Dam.

Besides, water from other tributaries entering the Mahanadi, has triggered a possible flood-like situation. It is expected that 8.5 lakh cusec of flood water would reach Mundali barrage by Thursday morning.

The heavy inflow of flood water would cause a low to medium flood situation in the districts of Sambalpur, Subarnapur, Boudh, Nayagarh, Angul, Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda and Jajpur.

The collectors of these 11 districts have been asked to stay alert and ensure all arrangements to handle the situation. Besides, the Collectors have been asked to shift people living in the low-lying areas apart from keeping ready medicines, food and drinking water and other relief materials.

This apart, three NDRF and two ODRAF teams have been deployed to carry out rescue operations. It is also learnt that 198 boats and 474 flood-ready shelters have been prepared to rescue and relocate people.

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