Jharsuguda : After the heavy rainfall, in the upper catchment of Mahanadi river present in Chhattisgarh , a flood like situation has caused in the downstream riverside districts of Odisha. On Saturday, Mahanadi water has entered into the five villages of Lakhanpur Block under Jharsuguda District.

Since Saturday morning, the Mahanadi Water had reportedly increasing due to which the water has entered inside the villages present along the Mahanadi riverside.

In Lakhanpur Block, around five villages namely Chikhili, Saradha, Mohadi under Remta Gram Panchayat  while Sukhasodha and Semilia Village under Kandheikela Gram Panchayat have been badly affected. People living in these villages have been evacuated to the safest places. 

Due to the increase in water level, two roads has been also washed away, one road connecting Kandheikela Village to Semilia Village and another one road connecting Remta Village to Chikhli Village. 

Jharsuguda District Administration has already deployed two Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams, fire fighting officials, Medical and Veterinary Teams in the affected villages. 

As per Jharsuguda District Collector Saroj Kumar Samal said, ” At present around 500 villagers has been evacuated and has been kept at safe place in schools from five villages of Lakhanpur Block. We are providing them with food. All Block Development Officers along with Tehsildars are on the spot. All the damage assessment will be done and the report will be send to SRC very soon.”