Mrunal Manmay Dash

The residents of the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar woke up to a stormy morning as rain continued to pour down on Wednesday too.

Apart from the Twin Cities, Khordha, Nayagarh, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Ganjam and Kandhamal districts also received rainfall. Heavy rains accompanied by gusty wind lashed several parts of Odisha, including the state capital under the influence of ‘Kalabaisakhi’ (Norwester) yesterday.

Trees were uprooted at various places and caused extensive damage in Nuapada district. Komna Lok Mahotsav in Nuapada was forced to be cancelled on Tuesday after Norwester wreaked havoc and collapsed 40 stalls and the stage at the venue. A youth was killed in a lightning strike while working at a brick kiln in Jhanjimunda village under Nuapada Sadar police station.

Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted huge trees in Dhenkanal town. Fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and cut down the trees and removed them.

In Ganjam, rain started pouring from midnight in Berhampur and other towns of the district.

The Meteorological Department has issued an orange warning for lightning, thunderstorm and rain in nine districts today. These districts include Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Balangir, Subarnapur and Boudh.

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