Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 12:
While Odisha did not experience any serious damage due to Cyclone Hudhud , the state is staring at the spectre of possible flash floods as the very severe cyclonic storm, which is likely to pass through Koraput and Malkangiri districts by 10 pm today, will result in heavy to very heavy rainfall across south Odisha districts.
“We have not received any report of large scale damage following cyclone except some cases of tree and electric poles getting uprooted. However, there may be a flood-like situation in southern districts as the cyclone will be followed by heavy rains,” said Special Relief Commissioner PK Mohapatra at a press briefing here.
The wind speed is likely to be 50-80km when the storm passes through the southern parts of the state.
Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nawarangpur, Ganjam, Gajpati, Kalahandi, Nayagarh, Khurda,Puri, Nawapara, Boudh, Bolangir, Sonepur and Phulbani are likely to receive up to 250 mm rainfall in next 24 hours., he said.
The SRC informed that the water level in Rusikulya and Bansadhara river was much below the danger mark.
He, however, said the government has scaled down the water level in major reservoirs as a precautionary measure to deal with the possible heavy inflow from the upper catchment leading to a flood situation.
While it has released 2.5 mtr water in Indravati reservoir, the Water Resource department has also scaled down the water level in Hirakud reservoir in Sambalpur district apprehending heavy rainfall in the upper catchment area of Mahanadi river.
The SRC informed that 1.56 lakh people have so far been evacuated and sheltered in 1690 centres while 56,949 persons have been evacuated from Gajapati district alone. The Bonda tribal people have also been evacuated from Bonda hills, he said.
Stating that the Andhra Pradesh government had sought help from neighbouring states, he said the chief minister will take the final call on this.
“It’s time to reciprocate because Andhra Pradesh had assisted us during the 1999 super cyclone which had devastated the state. They are seeking help of experts to clear uprooted trees and electric poles that had blocked the roads. However, it is for the chief minister to take the final call on this,” said Mohapatra.