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Rashmi Ranjan

Cuttack: Panic gripped the residents of Banki after floodwater entered nearby villages and farmlands in Bhagipur panchyat after an embankment on Mahanadi River caved in near Gayalbanka area here on Saturday.

According to sources, initially, a breach measuring around five-foot wide was formed which later widened to around 60-foot causing a heavy flooding in the area.

This is the second time after 1982 when the embankment caved in.

Vehicular movement on many routes disrupted as roads and bridges were submerged by the flood water.

Road communication between Banki and Bhubaneswar has also been snapped while Kainmundi, Sukhuakhela and Bilipada have been marooned due to the breach, sources added.

Besides, movements on Banki-Baideswar route have also been disrupted due to excess flooding in the area.

Till the last report came in, no concerned authorities had reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

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(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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