Flood situation in Sonepur and Boudh districts located along river Mahanadi continues to be grim as flood water of Mahanadi and Tel have resulted in deluge in the districts.
Though closure of five sluice gates of Hirakud dam eased off the situation to some extent, many pockets remain inundated.
In Sonepur, communication between Birmaharajpur and Kadligarh leading to Rairakhol in Sambalpur and Boudh has been snapped near Durdura village under Itamahul gram panchayat. Sources said Mahanadi water has flooded Bauri nullah and five feet of water is flowing on the road.
Communication between Sonepur and Sambalpur was cut off with water of Maltijoar flowing on the road at Malti Gunderpur on Wednesday. Similarly, communication between Hikudi and Dharamshala road leading to Sonepur town was also cut off on Wednesday with water flowing over Banjijoar bridge. Reports from Boudh said State Highway 41 connecting Boudh with Kantamal block in the district has been disrupted at Ghantapada with water from river Tel flooding Adagudi nullah. Flood has affected life in eight gram panchayats of the block.
Meanwhile, discharge of flood water from sluice gates opened in Hirakud dam is being maintained at 17 while the water level in the reservoir stood at 610.04 feet at 6 pm on Thursday.
Inflow into the reservoir was recorded at 3,49,416 cusec while the outflow was 2,82,330 cusec.