25 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Low pressure induced incessant rainfall across Odisha has brought the grind of daily life to a standstill. Several parts of the State witnessed traffic jams, road damage and power cuts due to very heavy rainfall since Wednesday morning.
As the low pressure is active, moderate rains are predicted for the next few days in many places, as per the Met Department sources. The alert is in place till 8.30 am on October 29 even though effect is supposed to be reducing.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena yesterday warned of chances of localized flooding in certain low lying areas of Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Khurda, and Puri districts.
He added that Krushnaprasad block of Puri district received the highest of 250 mm rainfall followed by Chikiti block in Ganjam district which received 203 mm of rainfall. Rests of the districts have received more than 100 mm of rainfall.
Several areas which were affected by rains in the Capital city here are Bomikhal, Vani Vihar, ISKCON Temple area, Acharya Vihar and Jaydev Vihar areas. Parts of Old town were under knee-deep water. The residents of these areas claimed that waterlogging is a common problem associated with heavy rainfall.
Adding to the woes, hour-long traffic jams were witnessed in several places in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Some areas, including Kazi Bazaar, Mahidas Bazaar, Robot Street, Mehendipur, Haripur, Alamchand Bazaar, Khatbin Sahi in Cuttack city were inundated by the rainwater. Several areas in Puri have been affected with waterlogging and knee-deep water on ‘Bada Danda’.
Schools and Anganwadi centres were on Friday closed across ten districts of the Khurda, Puri, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Ganjam, Balasore, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, and Dhenkanal.