Bhubaneswar: Torrential rains are being witnessed in many states of the country these days. From north to south, many states are facing the brunt of rain these days. Heavy rains in Odisha have also thrown normal life out of gear. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued a warning of heavy rains in 10 districts of north coastal Odisha for today, August 17. IMD has issued a yellow alert for these districts.
At the same time, the flood situation in Mahanadi in Odisha remained severe on Tuesday. So far, more than two lakh people in 10 districts have been affected by torrential rains from the sky. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has asked officials to ensure zero casualties in floods caused by heavy rains. Talking about the flood situation in Odisha, Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena has informed that two lakh people have been affected by the floods, while about 24 thousand hectares of agricultural land have been affected. Of these, 1.20 lakh people from 237 villages are stranded and more than 26,000 people have been rescued. Jena has said that water is at its peak in the Mahanadi delta region of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts. At present, the situation of the flood is similar in the Mundali barrage of Cuttack.
Rescue teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRF) and Odisha Fire Service started rescuing 600 school children trapped in a private residential institute at Gatirautapatna in Cuttack district, the Special Relief Commissioner has said. According to the Special Relief Commissioner, around 450 children were safely evacuated till 9 pm last night.