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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Incessant rain triggered by a 'well-marked low pressure' over the Bay of Bengal has thrown normal life out of gear in many parts of Odisha.

The weather department has informed that in the last 24 hours, Puri has recorded the maximum rainfall of 138.3 mm followed by Ganjam (125.2 mm). In terms of district-wise rainfall data, three other districts namely Khurda (105.7 mm), Gajapati (100.6 mm), Jagatsinghpur (100 mm) have also received more than 100 mm of rain.

Several low-lying areas in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Puri and Balasore witnessed acute waterlogging following heavy spells of heavy downpour in the last 24 hours.

The district administrations of Ganjam, Gajapati, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Kendrapara and Puri declared holiday for schools and anganwadi centres today following heavy rainfall. Similarly, schools and anganwadi centres will also remain shut for two days in Jajpur district in view of the rain. However, all teachers and other staff have been asked to remain present.

Heavy downpour also triggered landslide between Tipising and Kulam under Gumma block of Gajapati district destroying as many 20 houses and partially damaging more than 60 houses.

Besides, rainwater caused waterlogging at Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri and Sun Temple in Konark of Puri district. Water soaked from the walls of the garbhagruha (sanctum sanctorum) at the Alarnath shrine triggering resentment among the servitors.

Incessant rain and subsequent waterlogging on railway tracks also affected the train services under the East Coast Railway. While many Express and passenger trains are running behind schedule, a few trains have been cancelled and rescheduled. Signalling posts have also got affected at many stations due to heavy water flow.

According to ECoR, Visakhapatnam-Berhampur passenger train has been cancelled from both directions. Similarly, Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar Intercity Express also cancelled from both directions. Besides, Bhubaneswar-Berhampur-Bhubaneswar MEMU rain also cancelled.

Red Warning has been issued for Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Deogarh, Keonjhar districts while Orange alert has been issued for 10 districts.

“Eight gates of Hirakud have been opened due to heavy rain in upstream areas. Over last 24 hours, the distribution of rainfall has been even across the State so there is less likelihood of any flood situation in #Odisha,” said SRC Pradeep Kumar Jena.

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