Tuition teacher dies after being swept away in drain water

Bhubaneswar: A private tuition teacher died after being swept away by an overflowing drain in Ganganagar area here on Monday evening.

The deceased identified as Harihar Patnaik (55) was returning home at around 8.30 pm when the mishap took place.

Patnaik was crossing an uncovered drain overflowing with rainwater when he slipped into the waters and swept away in the current, informed eyewitnesses.

Though Patnaik was rescued by Fire personnel and rushed to the Capital Hospital here, he succumbed while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, locals held the civic body responsible for the mishap and alleged that the incident took place due to the uncovered drain and waterlogging.

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“A new drain will be built there under Roads & Buildings (R&B) division of Works department for which the tender has already been passed. The drain will be expanded and connected to drainage channel No.8 to tackle waterlogging issue in the area,” informed Bhubaneswar Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena adding that shields of the drain were recently removed to take up the repair work.