Burla in Odisha receives record rainfall of 622 mm today, alerts of low to medium scale flood

Bhubaneswar: Rainfall of 622 mm on 22nd July,2018, as recorded at Master Control Room of Hirakud Dam and ascertained by India Meteorological Department Bhubaneswar, is highest ever recorded by any station in Odisha. It surpasses previous highest of 581.9 mm recorded on 19 August, 1992 at Sambalpur. This was informed by the Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi on Sunday.

The SRC said that Burla recorded a record breaking 622 mm rainfall today. Maneswar recorded 510 mm rain, Dhankauda block recorded 487 mm, Birmaharajpur 430 mm and Boudh received 380 mm rainfall. Sonepur measured 220 mm rain while Ulunda measured 262 mm rainfall. Sambalpur Police along with Fire Services & ODRAF teams swings into action to rescue people.

He informed that there is no threat of flooding in the state. Sethi informed that six districts – Bargarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Boudh, Angul and Kandhamal – have recorded more than 100 mm rain following the heavy rainfall across the state due to cyclonic circulation.

Collectors of Jajpur, Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara & Khordha districts asked to keep all field functionaries alerted & draw up evacuation plans to meet any eventuality as a low to medium flood may occur in Mahanadi .

The outflow at Khairamal is about 6.8 lakh cusecs at 6 pm today, expecting that 7.5-8 lakh cusecs to pass at Munduli around late afternoon or evening tomorrow causing low to medium flood in Mahanadi river systems said SRC.

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