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Flood alert in Mahanadi river basin, 7 dead in rain fury in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Kumar Jena on Thursday informed that Mahanadi River is likely to experience moderate flood in the coming days. Moreover, seven persons have been killed in rain and flood-related mishaps in different parts of Odisha in the last three days, informed the SRC.

As per reports, four deaths have been reported from Mayurbhanj district, two from Keonjhar and one from Sundergarh district.

As per the SRC, with 5 lakh cusecs of water entering the Hirakud dam, 3 lakh cusecs are being discharged. Around 7.5 lakh cusecs of water is passing through Mundali barrage on Mahanadi.

Floodwater is being discharged through 18 gates of Hirakud currently and when the water reaches Cuttack, around 8 lakh cusecs water will pass through the Mundali barrage, the SRC informed.

In view of the grave situation, the SRC has alerted the district administration of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Khurda.

Earlier in the day, the India Meteorological Centre cautioned the areas in the Mahanadi River basin in Western-Odisha over a possible flood-like situation.

The low-pressure area that has been causing incessant rain in the southern and North-Coastal Odisha has reportedly moved towards Western-Odisha and Jharkhand creating chances of heavy rain in the upper catchment areas of Mahanadi during the next 24 hours that may create flood-like situation in the river basin, informed H R Biswas, Director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar.

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