The impact of the Flood in The Mahanadi Area

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Floodwater from the Mahanadi river has inundated a large number of villages in ten different districts, affecting more than two lakh people, according to the state government on Wednesday.As swirling floodwaters made their way to the coastal region, several river and canal embankments were breached, stranding hundreds of people.
“Around 2 lakh people have been affected in 1366 villages, 369 gramme panchayats in 50 blocks, and nine urban local bodies in 10 districts.”Hundreds of houses have been damaged, and thousands of acres of kharif cropland have been submerged. There have been no reports of casualties in the State’s ongoing flood.Cuttack, Khordha, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Boudh, Sambalpur, and Angul are among the districts affected by flooding. Floodwater submerged many low-lying areas of Bhubaneswar’s capital city. Roads were closed in the districts of Puri, Cuttack, and Khordha. The current reservoir level at Hirakud is 626.56 feet, compared to the full reservoir level of 630 feet. 5.97 lakh cubic seconds of water were entering the reservoir, while 6.79 cubic seconds of water were being released through 40 gates. The peak floodwater at Mundali, the last major river gauging station, had already been crossed, and the water level was gradually decreasing. The state government provides cooked food in over 100 different locations.Odisha is expecting heavy rain in all parts of the state, particularly in the north Odisha region, as a low-pressure area forms by August 19. The SRC, on the other hand, stated that they did not anticipate a major flood in the Baitarani and Brahmani river systems during that time.

By Subhechcha Ganguly