Wednesday , September 27 2023

About 6,000 people evacuated as river embankment breaches in Odisha

The Odisha government evacuated about 6,000 people after an embankment of Brahmani river breached in Jajpur district. Rescue operation is also on in Dhenkanal and Kendrapara districts where fresh areas have been inundated.
Jajpur district collector and other officials are monitoring the rescue and evacuation operation. Five boats have been pressed into rescue service. The evacuated people have been shifted to flood shelters, schools and other public buildings.Meanwhile, the flood situation in Sundargarh district has improved as the water level of Brahmani, Ib and Koel rivers receded.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a review meeting asked the officials to ensure that flood hit people in Rayagada and Bhadrak get the house damage assistance within three days as per the provision of the NDRF and SDRF.
A major breach of 100 to 150 feet width was reported on the embankment of Brahmani river at Jajpur. It has affected four gram panchayats covering 18 villages of Jajpur block. The District Collector and Sub Collector are on the spot monitoring the evacuation operation of about 5000 to 6000 people. Water Resources Ministry official said five boats have been pressed into rescue service and Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and fire service units are on the job.

Senior officials from central water commission and state government visited the site to assess the situation. The temporary restoration of the embankment will take about 3 days to be completed. Permanent restoration will start in December and will be completed before March next year.

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