Overflowing Baitarani river water inundated low lying areas in Dhamnagar, Bhandaripokhar, Tihidi and Chandabali blocks of Bhadrak district.

The flood water was also flowing over the roads of Solampur panchayat cutting off communication to five villages.

According to reports, 15 villages in Solampur, Malada, Napanga, Kurigan, Naime and Tesinga in Bhandari-pokhari block have been marooned and 25 villages of Sohada, Karada, Dengua, Patana, Padhani, Bharatapur, Balipada, and Bedpur panchayats in Dhamnghar block got affected as flood water started entering these areas since Monday.

People could not come out of their houses as connecting roads were submerged. Similarly the flood water of Kochila and Genguti tributaries of Baitarani has affected Dhusuri, Asurali and other part of the district.

The communication between Bhadrak –Akhandalamani and Jajpur- Bhandaripokhari has been cut-off due to flood. According to District Emergency office, Baitarani has been flowing above the danger mark but started receding slowly.

The water level was 19.16 meter against the danger level of 17.85 on Wednesday. But on Thursday it has dipped to 18.10 meter. Three breaches have been reported along the Baitarani embankment at Sathi Bankuda in Chandabali block causing floods in Bodaka and Amrutipani villages.

“The situation is improving and there is nothing to be alarmed,” said Mr Rajendra Panda, District emergency officer, Bhadrak.

“The district administration has kept a vigilant eye on the situation. Senior officers have been deputed to the block head quarters of affected blocks. BDOs and Tehasildars have been deputed with mobile petrol teams to keep on eye over flood prone areas,” he added.