Cyclone Hudhud may have almost missed Odisha, hitting its southern neighbour instead, but the coastal state is gearing up for floods as its southern districts of Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal have received heavy rainfall.
The water level of the Bansadhara river at Kasinagar in Gajapati district was at 54.10 meters, barely 20 inches away from the danger level of 54.60 meters on Sunday. The water level of the Rushikulya river at Sorada, Purushottampur and Aska towns is also showing an upward trend.
Since more rainfall is expected in the catchment areas of the Rushikulya, Bansadhara and Baitarani rivers and their tributaries, the surrounding areas face the threat of flooding too. “We have identified some flood-prone areas to evacuate people if the situation arises,” said Ganjam district collector Prem Chandra Chaudhary.
In Visakhapatnam, which bore the brunt of Hudhud’s 195 kmph winds and accompanying rain on Sunday, it’s not over yet. “Reverse windflow will be experienced by the city, which will again have a very great damage potential,” said LS Rathore, director-general of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), in New Delhi.
The IMD has forecast a storm surge of three to six feet above high tide that could result in flooding of low-lying coastal areas around Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.
In Bihar and Jharkhand, local administrations have prepared for the possibility of flooding following forecasts of heavy rainfall.
An India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast on Sunday said that rainfall varying from heavy (6.5cm - 12.4 cm) to very heavy (12.5cm - 24cm) may hit northeastern and southern Bihar till October 15.
“Other parts of the state might receive moderate rain. The impact of the cyclone will decrease after October 15,” said RK Giri, IMD director, Patna.
Parts of Jharkhand too may get heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours. “A heavy rainfall alert has been sounded in isolated places for next 48 hours due to the cyclonic condition,” said BK Mandal, director of the Ranchi meteorological centre.
Local administrations in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad have directed direct educational institutes to remain closed on Monday.