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No flood threat to Odisha despite incessant rain: WR Dept

Bhubaneswar: Though incessant rain caused by low pressure formed over Bay of Bengal has led several rivers to swell in Odisha, there is no flood-like situation in the state, said Water Resources Department Engineer-in-Chief Jyotirmaya Rath.

He also ruled out the possibility of flood due to the heavy rain across the state in the last couple of days.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Rath said water of only two rivers in the state is flowing above the danger mark. The water level of Baitarani river at Akhuapada in Bhadrak district crossed the danger mark 17.83 metre and stood at 17.85 metre this morning. Besides, Jalaka river has also swollen following heavy rain for the last couple of days and was flowing at a height of 6.6 metre against the danger mark of 7.25 metre this morning. However, all other rivers are flowing much below the danger marks.

“People need not to be panic fearing flood as all the river embankments in the state are in good condition. The inflow of Hirakud dam was 2.85 lakh cusec and outflow was 2.33 lakh cusec,” he added.

As per forecast of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Sundargarh districts have received an average of 2 inch -2.5 inch rainfall in the last 24 hours. Maximum 4.5 inch of rainfall was recorded in some part of the districts.

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