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People leave for their homes as flood situation improves


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 16:

A majority of the 1, 71,083 flood affected people who had put up in the shelters have left for their homes following receding water levels in Baitarani, Budhabalanga and Subarnarekha rivers, claimed Odisha government today.

While stating this at a high level review meeting here at the state secretariat, chief secretary JK Mohapatra said he had directed concerned departments to ensure proper delivery of relief goods and speedy restoration of communications, water supply, power, health and sanitation services in the cyclone and flood affected areas in the state.

Mohapatra also directed departmental secretaries, Special Relief Commissioner and district collectors to accord priority to 11 tasks and form task forces headed by a senior officer as the team leader to carry this out.

Mohapatra underlined the urgent need to despatch sufficient quantities of rice, polythene sheets and money for relief operations.

Briefing the meeting on the current situation, Special Relief Commissioner, P K Mohapatra said the water level is receding in Budhabalanga, Baitarani and Subarnarekha rivers.

He said according to the Central Water Commission’s reports, the water level of river Baitarani recorded at Anandapur today morning was 36.36 mtr against a danger level of 38.36 mtr. Similarly, river Subarnarekha recorded 48.30 mtr against the danger level of 49.15 mtr at Jamshola. Budhabalanga at the National Highway No. 5 flowed far below the danger level of 8.13 mtr at 6.80 mtr.

However, 647 villages in about 83 gram panchayats of Baliapal, Basta, Bhograi, Jaleswar, Remuna, Baleswar Sadar and Nilgiri blocks remained water logged, he said. Water levels are expected to recede by tomorrow morning but in view of full moon and resultant high tide, areas in Chandbali block will witness a slower discharge of floods to sea, he added.