Jharsuguda: Continuous rainfall since last 24 hours at Jharsuguda District & neighboring District on Saturday morning has forced the water level in the IB river to increase by 40 feet in a single day. Jharsuguda alone recorded the highest rainfall of the season of 90.1 mm on Friday.
Due to rise in the water level, villages close to IB river bed have been affected; villages like old Talpatia area in Jharsuguda, Ganghora and Itabhata in Brajrajnagar have been affected. Even hundreds of acre of crops has been damaged due to this. Around 150 people in Brajrajnagar and in Jharsuguda, 52 persons have been safely evacuated to the safer places and have been provided shelter by the Jharsuguda Dist. Administration.
“My 3 acre crops which was recently sowed has been damaged due to this, we have been asking Dist. administration not to provide any lease for sand of this river bed, because due to which the heavy trucks on this has damaged the road, even the road height has gone down due to which water are entering inside our crop.” Said Dolamani Mahanada, resident of Old Talpatia Village
However, Jharsuguda Dist. Administration, which has been very alert and assessing the damaged.
Even train movement on Mumbai – Howarh route was affected since morning 11 a.m., IB water had been flowing over the IB railway Bridge near IB Station. Trains like (13288) Danapur – Durg Express were lying stranded at Jharsuguda Station . Along with several other trains, which were stranded at various stations.
“We have visited the affected areas in Jharsuguda and Brajranagar, at present we have safely evacuated around 60 families in Brajrajnagar and around 12 families of in Jharsuguda. They have been provided Beaten Rice (Chura) and Jaggery along with we have arranged for lunch and dinner also. We are on alert and prepared for the situation.” said Jharsuguda Tehsildhar Bhavesh Kumar Nayak.