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Hati River Bridge over NH 201 near Junagarh still a Serious Concern in Rainy Season

The Hindu, June 29, 2007

Heavy rains in Orissa, rivers in spate

Bhubaneswar, June. 29 (PTI): Heavy rains lashed coastal and southern Orissa as the deep depression over the northwest Bay of Bengal crossed the coast near Puri today, leaving several rivers in a spate.

The depression hit the coast between 0530 and 0630 hours but rains had been continuing since Wednesday afternoon in many places as squally weather prevailed.

Revenue Control Room sources said several places in south Orissa were virtually deluged experiencing cloudbursts as normal life was thrown out of gear.

Thuamul Rampur in Kalahandi district experienced as much as 32 cm of rainfall during the 24 hours ended at 0830 hours this morning while Jeypore town in Koraput district, which was deluged by 27 cm of rains on Wednesday night, was subjected to another 21 cm during the last 24 hours.

Koraput town experienced 22 cm of precipitation over the same period.

The sources said that the heavy rains had caused the Vamsadhara river to swell which was flowing at 53.64 metres, just above the warning level of 53.60 metres at Kashinagar. The Mahendratanaya river was also in spate.

Special Relief Commissioner N K Sundarray said the situation in Koraput district, which was lashed by heavy rains, was improving.

Meanwhile, two Thai fishing trawlers have sunk in the Bay of Bengal off the Paradip coast, but the crew members are safe, official sources said today.

All the 28 crew members in the two vessels managed to reach the coast in life boats. One of them, who was sick, had been admitted into the Port Trust Hospital.

A report from Bhawanipatna said heavy rains in the district had flooded the Hathi river and the water was flowing three feet above the bridge near Junagarh on NH-201.

The Hathi feeds the Tel river, the biggest tributary of the Mahanadi system downstream of Hirakud dam.

"We are keeping track of the heavy rains and watching the rivers," a senior revenue department official said adding "right now no serious flood situation is being visualised."

Several units of the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force had been kept ready to meet the emerging situation.

The places which received major amount of rainfall included Nabarangpur (20 cm), Patangi (19), Umarkote (18), Krushna Prasad (17), Kosagumuda (16), Jaleswar (13), Jaipatna (12) and Tikabali (11).

Meanwhile, a restless sea continued to pound the coast affecting two seaside villages under Satbhaya gram panchayat in Kendrapara district.

The waves submerged Satbhaya and Kanhupur villages marooning about 200 families. Some of them, however, had subsequently shifted to the nearby panchayat building and a sand dune, the local sarpanch Sasmita Das said.

The sea had already devoured five nearby villages over the last few decades with only two remaining now.

Similar report: Samaja, 8 Aug 2007
Dharitri, Aug 8, 2007
The Hindu, Aug 12, 2007
The New Indian Express, Aug 13, 2007
Times of India, Aug 11, 2007
The Telegraph, Kolkata, Aug 13, 2007
The Pioneer, Aug 13, 2007
Dharitri, Aug 13, 2007
The Samaja, Aug 13, 2007
The Pioneer, Aug 17, 2007
The New Indian Express, Aug 18, 2007
The New Indian Express, Aug 19, 2007

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