Sharmili Mallick

Extremely heavy downpour which has been battering Odisha since Sunday has triggered water logging, traffic snarls and other rain-related miseries in several parts of the State, including the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

Several houses have suffered extensive damage while trees and electric poles have been uprooted as the showers, accompanied by strong winds, played havoc in the State.

Scores of trees were reportedly uprooted in Bhubaneswar and Paradip, while vehicular traffic has been hit following the blocking of roads by severed branches which are lying scattered all over. Several motorists complained of poor visibility.

Pedestrians too faced difficulties as they wade through waterlogged streets and lanes in several low-lying areas in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.



Rainwater entered Tini Mundia Temple in Old Town area of the Capital City disrupting daily rituals at the shrine.

A portion of the boundary wall of a three-storied apartment at Bairagi Nagar in Jharpada area of the Capital City collapsed due to water logging. The residents of the building have reportedly shifted to the houses in the neighbourhood and relatives while appealing to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to take immediate measures to solve their problem.

The daily rituals at Baba Akhandalamani temple in Aradi of Bhadrak district were disrupted after deep depression-triggered rainwater entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.



Healthcare delivery services at the OPD of Radio Oncology department of Acharya Harihar Post Graduate Institute of Cancer in Cuttack were affected as rainwater entered the hospital building today morning. However, the water was drained out by the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) workers, informed CMC Commissioner Ananya Das.



An over 100 year-old-building in Berhampur, reportedly belonging to the Madras Presidency era, collapsed due to incessant rains pounding the town since yesterday.

Communication to K Nuagaon disrupted as flood flowed over a bridge near Sarangada on Nadiganda Sahi-Dakapola road in Phulbani of Kandhamal district. Several low-lying areas in Kendrapara Town was also submerged due to the torrential rains since yesterday.

Many houses at Brajanagar and Gobind Vihar area were marooned after drain-water entered the locality today morning.