The Odisha government put the collectors of six districts on high alert in the delta region, with the water level in Mahanadi and Baitarani rivers swelling due to depression-induced heavy rainfall, even as the death toll rose to 12.
The government apprehended a “low to medium” flood in Mahanadi and Bitarani and asked district collectors in the delta region to remain prepared for all emergency situations.
“We should remain in a state of full preparedness to tackle any emergency situation and provide immediate relief to the affected people,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said after taking stock of the situation here.
Stating that the state has received heavy rainfall during the last three days, necessitating evacuation of some people and provision of temporary shelter, Mr Patnaik said the district authorities must start damage estimation.
Four persons died in Kalahandi district, while two persons were killed in Sambalpur, and one each in Kandhamal, Dhenkanal, Jajpur,…