Flood Fear Looms Large in Balasore

Published: 24th July 2015 05:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2015 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

BALASORE:With the catchments in Balasore district and neighbouring State of Jharkhand experiencing incessant rain for the last couple of days, threat of flash flood in river Subarnarekha looms large.

Sources said Chandli dam in Jharkhand is likely to release water in next 48 hours if the rain does not stop.

According to sources in District Emergency Office, water in the river stood at 7.54 metres against the red mark of 10.36 metres. The river’s water level is increasing at 0.20 metre per hour.

On Thursday, the district received a total 401 mm rainfall. The catchments, including some patches in Jharkhand, received more than 330 mm rainfall in last two days. Over 65 villages under 15 panchayats in Jaleswar and Bhogarai blocks have been alerted and asked to take necessary steps before water is released, said a revenue official.

Jaleswar Tehsildar Rajanikant Biswal said the situation is not alarming but the administration is prepared to tackle any emergency. However, two other rivers - Jalaka and Budhabalanga - are flowing below danger level. While Jalaka is flowing at 4.43 metres against the red mark of 5.5 metres, Budhabalanga is at 2.84 metres.

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