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Collectors of five districts put on flood alert

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/ Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty

Bhubaneswar, Aug 21:

With many rivers flowing above the danger level at several places in northern Odisha, the state government today directed collectors of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Jajpur to be on the alert.

Under the influence of the depression in the Bay of Bengal, catchment areas of different rivers have received plenty of rainfall resulting in the rising trend in major rivers including Bhudhabalanga, Subarnarekha and Baitarani as well as Jalaka and other minor rivers..

The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has advised the collectors to take suitable measures to meet the flood situation and provide all required assistance to the affected people. “Evacuation of people shall be taken up on priority basis from low lying areas. They will be placed in suitable shelters and necessary food and drinks will be arranged for them,” said the SRC.

According to preliminary reports received from the Mayurbhanj collector, 30,000 people of 74 villages under four blocks and six wards of Baripada municipality have been affected by flood. About 360 persons have been evacuated from the affected parts in the municipality area.