Rain throws Orissa into disarray

Normal life in different parts of Odisha was thrown into a state of disarray after heavy rain, triggered by a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, lashed the state in the last 24 hours.

The low pressure will intensify in the next 48 hours. “Some places will experience heavy to very heavy rain,”  said Sarat Chandra Sahu, director of the local met office here.

In some villages and semi-urban areas in the Rayagara and Nayagara districts, rain water had reportedly seeped into houses. A flood-like situation was reported in the Jharpada and Mancheswar areas of Bhubaneswar, where water-logging at the residential areas and market places disrupted normal life. Besides, daily rituals in several temples, including the Meghaswar temple on Tankapani Road here, were abandoned after water seeped into the sanctum sanctorums.

Similar was the situation at Puri where tourists were left immobile due to heavy water-logging.Water level in several rivers also rose following the rain. In the Mahanadi and Bamsadhara rivers, water level rose to just below the danger mark at two places.
The Mahanadi was flowing at 25 feet near Naraj in Cuttack district, as against the danger level of 25 feet.

Water level in the Bamsadhara river touched the 81-foot mark, as against the danger level of 82.40 feet, at Gunpur in Koraput district.

Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra said the situation was not yet alarming.
“At the moment, there is no danger of floods anywhere in the state. We are keeping a tight vigil round the clock,” he added.

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