Bhubaneswar: The State government today announced seven-day relief for Malkangiri district which is in the grip of flood following heavy rain under the influence of cyclonic storm ‘Daye’ that weakened into a deep depression after landfall.
The government sanctioned of Rs 60 per person & Rs 45 for children below 12 years.
“CM @Naveen_Odisha reviewed rain situation in Malkangiri & has sanctioned gratuitous relief of Rs 60 a day per person and Rs 45/per day for children below 12 for seven days. @DM_malkangiri officials have been directed to reach out to affected & provide all possible assistance,” office of the CM tweeted.
Several areas of Malkangiri are cut of due to flood triggered by heavy rains. People from low lying areas have been evacuated to safe places. “There is no casualty reported from anywhere in the State. The CM directed us to work for zero casualty and we have achieved it,” SRC Bishnupada Sethi said.
Vehicular communication has been disrupted in Malkangiri district as water is flowing above road. Road communication Malkangiri and Balimela has been halted as roads at MV-11, Korukonda and MV-37 are inundated, Sethi added.
Four gates of Balimela Reservoir, four gates of Jalaput Dam and three of Machkund Dam have been opened opened to release excess rain water. 20,000 cusec water per sec is being released from Balimela while 10,000 cusec water/sec from Jalaput & Machkund Dams The water level went up following heavy rain in the upper catchment areas.
On the other hand, bridges at Kangurukonda and Potteru have been submerged following which vehicular traffic has been affected between Malkangiri and Motu.
Challanguda bridge was also submerged hitting road communication between Malkangiri and Chhattisgarh.
On the other hand, the Deep Depression over south Odisha & neighbourhood moved further west-north-westwards during past six hours. It is very likely to continue to move west-north-westwards and weaken gradually into a Depression during next 12 hours.