Bhubaneswar: The State Government today declared an alert over possible flood across six districts in the state after the IMD predicted heavy rainfall.
Hours after issuing flood alerts to six districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the flood situation and directed the district Collectors to be ready with all necessary equipments to tackle the possible flood.
After the meeting, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Bishnupada Sethi said, “We are fully prepared to tackle the flood situation in several districts”.
“Two teams of ODRAF, one to Keonjhar and the other one to Bhadrak districts have been sent in view of the flood alert”, he said adding that 60 shelters are kept ready to accommodate flood-affected people in Jajpur, Keonjhar and Bhadrak districts.
Heavy downpour in the upper and lower catchments of Mahanadi, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Brahmani Rivers may trigger flood situation in the districts, said a senior official of the special relief commissioner (SRC) here today.
The State Government has communicated with the Collectors of Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh directing them to remain fully prepared.
The district collectors have been asked to remain in full preparedness to face any eventuality and ensure that field officials are in their respective position.
According to IMD’s forecast, extremely heavy rainfall (21 cm or more) may occur at a few places in Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts.
The IMD also said in a bulletin that heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is likely to batter many areas of Odisha due to an upper air cyclonic circulation.
Under the influence of the upper air cyclonic circulation over Gangetic West Bengal and neighbourhood, a low-pressure area is likely to develop during next 24 hours.
Under its influence, rain or thunder shower is likely to occur at most places in north Odisha and many places in the districts of south Odisha during next 48 hours.
Fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea along and off Odisha coast as sea condition is likely to be rough due to wind flow with 40 to 45 kmph speed and gusting up to 55 kmph along and off Odisha coast, it added.