Bhubaneswar:  Torrent rainfall in Odisha has lead to deepening of flood crises in several districts of Odisha. On Friday, two people lost their lives due to floods. Nearly 1,00,000 people in 150 villages have been affected by the flood in the state.

Keeping in mind the exigencies of the situation, the state government has already sounded high alert in 11 districts.

Taking the situation into consideration, six more gates of the Hirakud dam were opened. Notably, on Thursday 53 gates of the dam on Mahananda River was opened to constantly remove millions of cusec of water.

Considering the grim condition of the state, Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik held an emergency meeting with the Council of Ministers and had discussion with the Disaster Management team of the state to review the relief work.

Addressing the Ministers during the meeting, Patnaik said that flood affected people will be provided relief for seven days.

The directives for the relief measures have been issued to the District Magistrates. The Chief Minister said that in case of need, helicopters will be used for relief operations. To maintain the safety the Water Resources department has kept 70 lakh jute bags of sand near the week walls of the dams.

Besides, to tackle the health related problems like diaorrhea, the Health department has been asked to keep ample quantity of medicines. Mobile Health Unit will be formed in flood affected regions.

JPN/Bureau