Rain wreaks havoc in south Odisha, communication disrupted

Bhubaneswar: Normal life was thrown out of gear in most parts of the State, especially in south Odisha as heavy rains continue to lash parts of State for last three days. Many areas in southern most districts including Koraput, Gajapati, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur are cut off due to flash flood in the rivers caused by incessant rains.
Gajapati district turned out to be a nightmarish on Thursday for a group of students who failed to attend their Matric supplementary examinations due to flash flood. They were to cross a bridge to reach the exam center near Mohana which they could not as the bridge on their way was submerged. The current of the overflow water was high on the bridge, sources said.
There may not be any respite from the wet and unfavorable rainy condition as the local met office has already predicted more rainfall across the state during the next 24 hours.
“Rain and thundershower will occur at many places in the state during the next 24 hours. In some places, the rainfall will be heavy to very heavy,” local weather department official said.
Maximum 70 mm rainfall has been recorded in Koraput, they added. State capital Bhuba¬neswar which has been receiving rain at regular  intervals since Wednesday recorded 22 mm of rainfall on Thursday.
According to sources the vehicular communication has been disrupted on the NH 26 connecting Koraput,Nabarangpur, and Kalahandi as a bridge on the road has been swept away due to flash flood. Hundreds of four wheelers are found stranded on the both side of the road.
This apart, train communication has also been hit due to unfavourble condition. Railway authorities have cancelled Jagdalpur- Howrah Samaleswari express and Koraput-Vishakhapatnam passenger train. The rail track was covered with big stones after falling off the Bhalumaska hill due to heavy rain, sources said.
In Kalahandi, river Hati was in spate due to intermittent rain for last three consecutive days. The bridge on the river was submerged as the swollen water was flowing 4 ft above the bridge disconnecting Dharmagarh, Nabarangpur and Jeypore town. Some villages of Kalampur block are cut off due to flash flood in the Hati River. The Junagarh-Kalampur road has been washed away, sources added. On the other hand, power generation has been halted in Indravati Hydro power station.
Similarly, Bansadhara river is flowing above the caution level which has been recorded 53.60 meter at Kasinagar in Gajapati district. The water is above 53.92 meter here, sources said. All 22 sluice gates of Gota barrage at Hiramandalam in Andhra Pradesh which situated in the lower catchment area of the Bansadhara River have been opened. About 21,755 cusec water is being released per second from the barrage.
Meanwhile, the regional meteorological department has alerted the fishermen not to venture into the sea as it will remain disturbed in next 24 hours. Strong and gusty surface winds reaching 40-50 kmph to 60 kmph is likely to prevail along and off the Odisha coast, the weather men said.