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Rashmi Rekha Das

When nature shows its wrath, no one is spared. After several days of heavy rainfall, a grave flood situation has erupted in the Mahanadi basin area unleashing havoc in many districts of the state. 

Meanwhile, OTV has captured a few dramatic visuals of the flood situation in some parts of the state. Let’s take a look... 

The sheer impact of the flood this year can be ascertained from the submergence of Jharsuguda-based ancient Koilighugar temple. On Tuesday, a thrilling video emerged in various platforms showing how roaring floodwater cut through the temple premises making people awe.

The video shows the temple flooded with gushing water from upstream Ahira nullah of Hemagiri area in Sundergarh district. Half of the temple was also filled with floodwater.  

It is learnt that this video was of two days old. However, now floodwater has receded from the temple. 

In another incident, some locals of Nidhipurgada along with fire fighting officials dramatically saved a car from being swept away on Athagarh Puruna Cuttack-Sambalpur Road.  They had a tough task to pull out the car from the flowing water. Four commuters inside the car had to spend four hours atop the car after it got stuck in floodwater. Later they were rescued by fire personnel.

Similarly, the temple of Baba Singhanath in Cuttack Badamba block got submerged by floodwater. The shrine was inundated due to rise of water level in Mahanadi River. Devotees, however, shifted the idol of the Baba Singhanath Shrine to a safer place so that the idol would not get submerged by floodwater.

In another visual, residents of Chasa Ara village under Athagarh were seen cooking food on the roof of their houses after the village got marooned by the Mahanadi floodwater.

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