Heavy rain lashes Sambalpur, throws normal life out of gear

Sambalpur: Heavy monsoon rains continued to lash Sambalpur today throwing normal life out of gear in many parts of the district. The Meteorological department has predicted ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ in the next 24 hours.

As the heavy downpour continued since yesterday, several streets were flooded while some houses in the low lying areas of the city also got inundated this morning.

The district administration has evacuated 1,500 people from several low-lying areas to 34 shelter homes. People in Hirakud and Burla have been worst affected due to the acute waterlogging, informed Sambalpur Collector.

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While addressing a presser today, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi informed that Burla recorded highest rainfall of 622 mm in the past 24 hours.