Normal life was severely hit in several districts due to the low pressure-induced heavy rainfall in the state. Torrential rains caused heavy flooding in many areas, thereby disrupting vehicular movements.
Vehicular movements came to a standstill after bridges were submerged in rainwater. On the other hand, many bridges were swept away in the flood waters. Kandhamal, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Nayagarh districts received record rainfall.
As per IMD’s Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar, the system is likely to concentrate into a Depression during the next 48 hours. The Met department has issued 'Red Warning' for heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to occur at a few places.
One of the worst affected places was Birindapada village under K. Nuagaon block in Kandhamal district. Villagers of Birindapada and Gunjibadi were cut off from the rest of the world after floodwaters washed away a temporary bridge connecting the villages.
On the other hand, vehicular movements came to a standstill on Turi river bridge under Papadahandi block in Nabarangpur district after floodwaters flowed at over 2 feet over the bridge. Trucks were stuck on both sides of the bridge, thereby disrupting communication to Umerkote, Nabarangpur and Raipur.
“The water is overflowing at 2-3 ft above the bridge. More than 50-100 trucks are halted at both sides of the bridge. Communication to Umerkote, Nabarangpur and Raipur has been completely disrupted,” a passenger said.
Moreover, a huge tree was uprooted and fell on the National Highway-26 at Taragaon Square in Nabarangpur district.
On the other hand, Nayagarh district received the highest rainfall of 229.4 mm, followed by 180.3mm of rainfall in Padmapur of Rayagada district. Acres of farmlands were submerged in water, causing severe loss to the farmers in the district.
Similarly, roads, farmlands and bridges in Kalahandi district were also submerged in the floodwater.
Meanwhile, the IMD said that the low pressure now lies as a well-marked low pressure over Northwest and adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal off Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts.
As per IMD’s Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar, the system is likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 48 hours.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Gajapati and Ganjam. Other districts will also experience light to moderate rainfall,” said, HR Biswas. Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar.