Man-made flood in Odisha

September 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

The current flood situation in Odisha is a man-made one. It seems there are a lot of mismanagement’s. There were continuous warnings by the Indian metrological departments (IMD) regarding heavy rain both in Orissa, Chhattisgarh and other parts of India. Looks like the authorities in charge of Hirakud dam are not listening or neglecting the IMD warnings. How can they wait till the water level in the reservoir is 630 ft? Looks like the authorities are simply watching while the reservoir is swelling. Another important point, lot of silt, mud, and rocks are coming from the mining areas to the Hirakud dam, which is reducing the water holding capacity of the dam. In this situation, if something (damage) happens to Hirakud dam, then Sambalpur and other cities will be completely washed out. Has the Odisha govt. reviewed life-expectancy of Hirakud dam and taken up some related action? I feel that Hirakud dam is too old and a complete review of this dam is required.

I am really surprised by this incident. How can they do this time and again? Is there any coordination between the Hirakud dam authorities with the Chhattisgarh govt./authorities? Do they know or trying to know how much water will enter Hirakud dam etc etc.

I must say the Hirakud dam authorities are not getting the facts and figure right. They are just waiting and watching till the situation worsens.

Best regards,



Entry filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture and Irrigation, Athmallik, Boudh, Floods and Droughts, Hirakud, Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Region watch, Sambalpur, Subarnapur.

Kosli language poem blog by Brundaban Sahu How Odisha govt. betrayed the people of western Odisha: An article by Uttam Kumar Pradhan

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