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Suryakant Jena

Mayurbhanj: Nor’wester rain lashed Udala town in Mayurbhanj district today injuring five persons and caused extensive damage to house, property and livestock.

According to sources, heavy downpour, accompanied by strong, gusty winds and lightning pounded Udala NAC area today afternoon injuring five persons including two women.

As many as 15 houses have been completely damaged in the unseasonal rain, while several others sustained partial damage to roofs and walls. A cow and its calf were killed after the shed wall collapsed during the thunderstorm.

Strong winds uprooted trees at several places in the town leading to disruption in communication and power lines were also snapped at most places.

The regional centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar has issued thunderstorm and lightning warning for 22 districts of the State till 8:30 PM today.

Nor’wester rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning is likely to occur at many places over Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Cuttack, Khurda, Angul and Dhenkanal districts along with the capital Bhubaneswar.

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