Pradeep Pattanayak

An intense spell of rain under the influence of Western Disturbances lashed several parts of the State on Saturday morning, pouring misery on the people living in the low-lying areas. 

As Bhubaneswar has earned a bad name for the water logging problem in the wake of even a slight drizzle, several parts of the city offered the same picture on Saturday morning. 

The worst affected area was Nayapalli where the people had a tough time fighting with the water logging issue. The stretch from Nayapalli square to ISKCON temple was submerged, affecting traffic movement. Similarly, rainwater entered houses in low-lying areas in the locality.  

“We had never thought that such a normal rainfall would affect us so severely. As we were not prepared, many things were damaged when rainwater entered our house,” complained a Behere Sahi resident. 

Similarly, torrential rains battered most parts of Millennium City Cuttack. Under its impact, a spectator gallery at Banki College, which was inaugurated seven days ago, collapsed on Saturday morning. However, no casualty was reported. 

Notably, Banki Works Department got the gallery constructed through a contractor. Higher Education Minister Rohit Pujari inaugurated it on March 23. Locals alleged that the use of substandard construction materials led to such a mishap.

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