Water levels continued to rise in major rivers, including Mahanadi, following heavy rains in catchment areas and release of surplus water from different reservoirs in the State on Sunday.
Collectors of all the districts have been asked to remain alert as rainfall is likely to continue in different parts of the State for the next two days due to low pressure, which might lead to a flood-like situation, official sources said. They have also been advised to closely monitor the situation and take necessary steps wherever necessary.
As water level continued to increase steadily in the Mahanadi, as many as 19 sluice gates have been opened in Hirakud dam on the river located in Sambalpur district.
The level touched 609.69 feet as against its capacity of 630 feet at Hirakud reservoir, where inflow of water was recorded at 4,37,955 cusecs, while outflow stood at 3,08,666 cusecs, a senior official said.
The district collectors have also been directed to activate the district emergency operation centre to function round-the-clock and to ask all field officers responsible for disaster management to remain alert.
There is, however, no immediate threat of flood in major rivers like Brahmani and Rushikulya, which are flowing much below the danger marks.
Similarly, water levels are much below the danger marks in Subarnarekha and Budhabalang rivers.
According to a release issued here, due to heavy downpour in the catchment areas and release of surplus water from Indravati project, Hati river is in spate in Kalahandi. Two feet high flood water is flowing over the bridge on the river near Junagarh, disrupting road communication, it said.
Steps have been taken to evacuate people from the affected villages to safer places and to provide them dry/cooked food through free kitchen. The situation is under close watch.
As more water is being released through five gates of Mangalpur barrage into Hati river, it is feared that the flood situation in Hati and Tel may worsen. Heavy downpour in Thuamul Rampur, Jaipatna and Koksara has paralysed normal life as road communication to interior areas of the block has been disrupted.
Heavy rainfall occurred in some parts of the State during the last three days due to the low pressure formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of North Odisha and West Bengal.
Under the influence of the system, rainfall is expected at many places with heavy showers at one or two places in the State during the next 48 hours.