12 Odisha district Collectors put on alert for floods

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday directed
district collectors of 12 districts- Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak,
Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh and Boudh to
stay on high alert in view of the flood threat triggered by heavy rains in
these districts.
“The Chief Miister asked the concerned departments to keep a
strict vigil on the weak river embankments, deploy mobile teams in these areas,
make provisions for supply of drinking water with adequate stocks of medicines
for treatment of people in the affected areas and keep adequate stock of fodder
for domestic animals. Collectors of these districts had been asked to evacuate
people from low lying areas and make arrangements to open free kitchens for
them,” said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra after a
high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Meanwhile, the Low pressure area formed in north-west Bay of
Bengal is moving towards land and weakening gradually. Under its influence,
heavy to very heavy rain is expected in interior and coastal parts of the
State. Sea wind reaching 45 km/h is expected to blow during the time,
weathermen predicted.
Meanwhile, the situation in Sambalapur, which experienced
over 350 mm of rains in just 24 hours on Saturday, had improved considerably. Over
4,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in Sambalpur to safe places
and as many as 22 free kitchen centres opened for them.

He also informed that while one person was killed in wall
collapse in Boudh district yesterday, another washed away in gushing water in
Sambalpur district, he said, adding the death toll in rains and floods this
monsoon stood at 16.

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