Since Tuesday 16th August, Odisha has been wrestling with a flood situation in the state due to heavy rainfall. According to Special Relief Commissioner, Pradeep Kumar Jena, over 450 000 people in 1,757 villages in 10 districts of Odisha have been affected so far. Amidst this catastrophe, the administration braces up for the next round of heavy rain from Thursday as forecast by the meteorological department, P K Jena said.
Keeping the media informed on the flood status in the state, Pradip Kumar Jena said, the next 24 hours is very important in the fight against the disaster, billed as the biggest flood in the state after 11 years.
Floodwater has caused major breaches at only 4 places so far including two cases today. The first one was at Kushabhadra river embankment at Tendiakuda and the other one on Mahanadi river near Teramanapur. Other river breaches are not actually breaches but backwater, said the SRC.
The in-rush of floodwater in Mahanadi is turning into a large volume at Mundali not seen since 2011. But the good news is that the water level has started receding in Mundali.