Heavy rainfall expected in Central India, IMD issues warning

Odisha, Aug 28 (ANI): People moving to safer places as the water level of Bhargavi River rises after the heavy rainfall in Khordha on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Odisha have been experiencing heavy rainfall for the last couple of days. The Met department has issued a red alert of extremely heavy rainfall for six districts of Madhya Pradesh amid incessant downpour that lashed large parts of the state.

Bhopal received brisk spell of rain after which sluice gates of Bhadbhada dam (Upper Lake) were opened. Elsewhere All 13 gates of the Tawa Dam Hoshangabad’s Itarsi opened by thirty feet each today, releasing over 5,33,823 cusecs of water.

In Odisha five more people have perished in the floods taking the death toll in the state ravaged by floods to 12. Fear of flood looms large in the Mahanadi river system in Odisha following heavy rainfall in its upper catchment areas in Chhatisgarh and a rise in the water level of Hirakud Dam. The flood in the Mahanadi river system is likely to affect coastal districts such as Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Nayagarh, another official said.

Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Odisha Disaster Rapid Response Force (ODRAF) and Fire Service have been mobilised in the areas likely to be affected. Arrangements have been made to evacuate people to safer places in Bhadrak, Balasore and Jajpur.

Formation of a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal had triggered heavy downpour in Odisha since Monday. This was the fifth low-pressure area formed over the Bay of Bengal this month causing heavy rainfall in the state.


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