Amid flooding in Odisha, the swollen Mahanadi River becomes a tourist spot for some


The flood situation in the Mahanadi river system has remained grim as water levels continue to rise. (Case)


The Mahanadi, which has brought misery to many people in several districts of Odisha due to flooding following incessant rains, has turned into a tourist attraction for some who rush to see the mighty river in spate .

The situation is reminiscent of a popular scene from the 2020 Oscar-winning South Korean film “Parasite,” where a woman spoke on the phone about how last night’s rain “was such a blessing” as a driver, whose house at basement was devastated by flooding, drove the car.

Hundreds of people reached Mundali, Naraj and Jobra dams in Cuttack district over the past two days and stood on both sides of its bridges, watching the Mahanadi, which continued to soar.

Children, schoolchildren, couples and women with babies in their arms were among those of all ages who crowded the roadblocks. They clicked photos and videos of the river, and also took selfies, while some even sipped tea as they stood by the river.

Police struggled to deal with the traffic, which moved at a snail’s pace as people parked their motorbikes along the roadblocks. The scene is the same at several other bridges over the Mahanadi in the state.

This happens whenever the Mahanadi, parts of which remain dry for most of the season, swells. The river has a length of 494 km and a drainage area of ​​65,580 km2 in the state.

Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena has appealed to people not to approach the river risking their lives and taking selfies, but that seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

The flood situation in the Mahanadi river system remained grim as it continued to swell, with around 1.5 lakh people in 237 abandoned villages.

Flood water flow peaked in the Mahanadi Delta region after midnight on Tuesday. The reading at the Mundali Dam fell to 11.13 lakh cusecs at 1 p.m. Wednesday from 12 lakh cusecs on Tuesday.

The first flood of the season has affected over 2,000 people in 10 districts, while over 27,000 people have been evacuated and taken to temporary shelters so far.

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