Heavy rain brings Odisha to halt; Normal life hit in Twin City

Bhubaneswar: Incessant rainfall over the last 24 hours due to the low-pressure over the Bay of Bengal has thrown normal life out of gear in several parts of Odisha including the twin city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

Several areas in Cuttack have been waterlogged following heavy downpour since last night while water has rushed into many houses in low-lying areas at Pithapur, Sutahat, Roxy Lane, Badambadi, Tulasipur, Deula Sahi, Kanika Chhak, Shelter Chhak, Rajabagicha and Dolamundai.

The traffic movement in the city came to a grinding halt today, as water from drains flowing on the roads inundated several localities.

Meanwhile, local residents in Cuttack have blamed the lack of preparedness on part of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) and district administration to deal with such emergency.

Already the Met department had forecast heavy rain. Today’s waterlogging clearly shows that no concrete measures were undertaken by the authorities in advance,” said Sushant Muduli, a local resident.

Following the deluge, Odisha government ordered the closure of all schools and educational institutions in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar today.

Since 4 am, we are awake as water started to enter the houses in our locality. We had to move all the household articles to safer places,” said Suresh, a resident of Pithapur.

Normal life in Bhubaneswar was also adversely affected following the heavy rain with residents of Acharya Vihar, Nayapalli, Jaydev Vihar, Patia and Sailashree Vihar battling with waterlogging. Local residents blamed the authorities of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for failing to resolve waterlogging issues.

Apart from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, normal life across Odisha was also adversely affected today. Rituals at Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri of Puri district had to be stopped after rain water entered the temple premises today. Devotees blamed poor drainage systems for such chaos at the scared shrine.

Devotees from across the State who have thronged Puri for the ‘Bahuda Yatra’ of the Trinity to be celebrated tomorrow were also left in lurch as they had to wade through knee deep waters.

Several areas including Badadanda, Market Chhak and Marchikote Chhak area of the town remained waterlogged following the heavy rain that lashed the city since yesterday.

The Regional Meteorological Centre today forecast heavy rainfall for Odisha in the next 48 hours. As per the latest bulletin, heavy to very heavy rain will occur at isolated places in coastal areas as the low pressure over North-west Bay of Bengal turned into a depression today.