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State Monitoring On River Swell

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has put Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga rivers under close monitoring for next 30 hours as Balasore, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj received heavy rain on the previous night, said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena here on Saturday.

Heavy rain lashed out the north Odisha districts due to the deep depression. Jharkhand has also received heavy rains due to the system, Mr.Jena said.

The water is likely to reach Odisha in the next 30 hours. Due to this, a minor flood is anticipated in Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga rivers, he said.

Seven gates of Galudih Barrage in Jharkhand have been opened in view of heavy rainfall. Around four lakh cusecs of water are being released through the barrage.

He said that two stations in Odisha received extremely heavy rainfall while 27 others got very heavy downpour, and 49 stations received heavy rainfall on Friday night.

Bhogorai in Balasore district received the highest amount of rainfall of 226 mm, followed by 211 mm in Phiringia in Kandhamal and 196.4 mm in Nawana in Mayurbhanj from 8.30 PM on Friday to 8.30 am on Saturday.

Incidents of uprooting of trees and obstruction on railway lines were reported. Fire services personnel removed several uprooted trees from roads in Balasore district.

The SRC said he has received reports of the death of four people due to wall collapse in three districts—Balsore, Mayurbhanj (two) and Keonjhar.

Mr.Jena said water levels have started to recede in the Mahanadi river system and it has come down to 8.35 lakh cusecs at Mundali Barrage near Cuttack.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the deep depression is lay centred at about 150 km west of Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), 70 km southwest of Ranchi (Jharkhand) and 120 km northeast of Jharsuguda (Odisha).

It will move west-northwestwards across Jharkhand and north Chhattisgarh towards north Madhya Pradesh during the next 24 hours and weaken gradually.

An orange warning has been issued to Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh and Bargarh districts while a yellow warning has been sounded to Mayurbhanj, Angul, Nuapada, Koraput, Rayagada and Nabarangpur till 8.30 am Sunday.