Flood threat looms large in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 29 (IANS) Incessant rains have triggered a flood threat in four districts of Odisha, forcing the government to take preventive measures on war footing, officials said on Wednesday.

As the Brahmani, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Bhudabalanga rivers flowed above the danger mark, some low-lying areas face possible flood’s in Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balesore and Mayurbhanj districts, said an official.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) to be ready to meet any eventuality.

While a breach in a river at Ganeshpur in Jajpur district is being plugged, a breach has occurred along Subarnarekha at Dahamunda in Balasore district, inundating Manunagar, said an official.

Many villages in Bhogarai have been marooned.

The meteorological department has predicted heavy rains in many parts of Odisha due to a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal taking the shape of a deep depression.

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