Heavy Rain, Flood Affect Nine Odisha Districts

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Bhubaneswar: With the deep depression weakening into a depression and moving over to Chhattisgarh from the north Odisha coast, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department on Thursday came up with a situation report stating that the heavy rainfall and flood have affected 43 blocks in nine districts of Odisha.

According to the report, a total of 1,30,072 people of five urban local bodies (ULBs) and 1012 villages of 43 blocks in the nine districts of Rayagada, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Balangir and Sambalpur have been affected.

Besides, of the 2081 damaged houses, Kandhamal has the highest number with 1060. Apart from this, the district has the highest number of affected people (90,162), the report added.

The report also mentioned about the recession of the floodwaters of the 10 major rivers in these nine districts viz., Mahanadi, Devi, Kushabhadra, Ib, Brahmani, Baitarani, Budhabalanga, Subarnarekha, Bansadhara and Jalaka as there has been no rainfall in the last 24 hours.

With regard to the water level of the Hirakud reservoir, the report said that as against the optimum level of 630 feet, the water level was recorded at 605 feet till 6 pm on Thursday.

The inflow and outflow of the Mahanadi water to and from the reservoir during the period was 1,92,238 cusecs per second and 2619 cusecs per second respectively.

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