Fear of fresh flood looms large with incessant rain lashing the district for the last couple of days. River Baitarini was on Thursday flowing above the danger mark.
Though two other rivers - Brahmani and Kharasrota - were flowing below red mark, their water level is rising. It is the second flood in Baitarini this season. The river was flowing at 18.10 metre against the danger mark of 17.83 metre at Akhuapada. At Dasarathapur, it was flowing at 12.70 metre against the danger mark of 09.50 metre at 4.00 pm on Thursday, district emergency office sources said.
“Baitarini continues to flow above the danger mark at Akhuapada and Dasarathapur due to incessant rains in the catchment areas for the past couple of days. The river is still rising and if this continues, the situation may worsen and pose danger to at least 50 villages in Dasarathapur, Korei and Jajpur blocks of the district. We are monitoring the situation closely,” said an official of district emergency office.
Brahmani and Kharasrota and their tributaries are also in spate on Thursday following torrential rains in their catchments areas. The Brahmani is flowing close to the red mark at Jenapur, while Kharasrota is flowing under the danger mark at Binjharpur. Flood water of Kharasrota and its tributary Tantighai has inundated hundreds of acres of paddy fields in Bari block.