Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 6:
Heavy rains in the upper and lower catchments has triggered flood situation in the Mahanadi river system in Odisha.
Due to release of floodwater from the Hirakud dam in the Mahanadi river system, water level of the river was flowing near the danger mark at several places.
Floodwater has cut off road communication to 30 villages of three panchayats of Gania block in Nayagarh district.
Reports from Banki in Cuttack district said that the floodwater of Mahanadi was flowing at a height of five feet over Huluhula nullah. As a result, road communication to five panchayats of Uttar Banki block has been disrupted.
Floodwater has also overtopped Bilipada-Talabasta road in Banki and entered the Maa Bhattarika temple on the bank of Mahanadi at Badamba in Cuttack district.Besides, Majhipada, Behera Sahi, Gaindi and Ramimunda villages of Satkosia block had been affected.
In Boudh district, traffic on the Boudh-Phulbani and Boudh-Angul roads have been disrupted following inundation of the Jagannath Sadak.
By noon today, the inflow of Mahanadi floodwater at Mundali barrage was 7.48 lakh cusecs per second while at Jobra barrage, the it was 3.73 lakh cusecs per second.
At Badamul barrage, the inflow of floodwater was 8.42 lakh cusecs and 4.78 lakh cusecs at Khairmal barrage.
The expected inflow of floodwater at Mundali barrage would be around 8 lakh cusecs by 6 PM this evening, sources said.
The situation could become more acute as the Hirakud dam authorities have decided to open more gates due to heavy rainfall in the upper catchments.