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IMD Alerts On Heavy Rains

BhubaneswarAnother possible low-pressure system over the weekend will affect the State, the IMD Bhubaneswar informed on 11 August.

While the state continues to grapple with the losses and difficulties causes by torrential rain over the past few days due to a depression.

Heavy rain has battered several districts due to an intensified weather system, which crossed the state on Tuesday and now lay weakened over Madhya Pradesh. It led to flooding of many villages and low-lying areas, disrupting road connectivity as some bridges over swollen rivers collapsed.

Four coastal districts recorded heavy to very heavy rain due to the monsoon trough and a cyclonic circulation in the western parts of Gangetic West Bengal, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said.

While Jajpur received 150 mm rain over a 24-period till 8.30 am. Downpour pounded Mayurbhanj as Sukruli recorded 89 mm of rain and district headquarters Baripada received 69 mm, according to a bulletin.

Report says Khaira in Balasore was battered by 79 mm of precipitation, followed by 78 mm at Ghasipura in Keonjhar. There was moderate rainfall in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and several other districts.

atleast 10 gates of Hirakud dam in Burla were opened to discharge excess water following incessant rain in the upper catchment areas of the Mahanadi river.

The Major Dam authorities had closed the sluice gates on July 31 after releasing the first flood water of the year on 18 July.

At 3 pm, the water level was 612.93 feet and the outflow of water from the dam was 1.92 lac cusecs, of which 1.51 lac cusecs was released through the 10 sluice gates.

“All 66 gates of Kalma barrage in Chhattisgarh have also been opened now,” DoWR Chief Cngineer said.

Hirakud, which has 98 gates, received 46.4 mm of rain between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm, the IMD office said.

“We’re closely monitoring the situation. A meeting will be convened and a decision will be taken on opening more gates,” the CE said.