2 killed, road links snapped as heavy rains batter Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 16 (PTI) Heavy downpour caused by a
low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal led to a flood-like
situation in several parts of Odisha on Sunday, snapping road
connectivity, damaging mud houses and crops, and killing two
people, officials said.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall coupled with strong
surface wind is likely to persist in many parts of the state
till Monday under the impact of the low-pressure area, which
has now weakened and lies over Jharkhand and its neighbouring
areas, the Meteorological Centre here said.

Two members of a family were killed in an incident of
wall collapse at a village in Patnagarh block of Balangir
district on Saturday night, Special Relief Commissioner P K
Jena said.

No other casualty was reported from anywhere in the
state, he said.

While Odisha has already been battered by intense
rainfall due to three back-to-back low-pressure areas this
month, the MeT Centre has forecast the likelihood of the
formation of another low-pressure area over north Bay of
Bengal around August 19.

Noting that almost all parts of the state have
received widespread rainfall under the impact of the current
low-pressure area since August 13, Jena said Sonepur district
recorded maximum showers of 125 mm during the 24 hours till
8.30 am of Sunday.

Malkangiri reported 100 mm of rainfall, Boudh 97 mm,
Bargarh 95 mm, Sambalpur 85mm, Balangir 73 mm, and Deogarh
district received 90 mm.

Jharsuguda, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Koraput, Angul
and Sundargarh recorded an average rainfall of 25-50 mm during
the period, he said.

With heavy downpour pounding the state, life was
thrown out of gear in several areas of Malkangiri, Dhenkanal,
Bhadrak and Cuttack districts, officials said, adding that
several villages were cut off from the rest of the state as
roads were submerged.

In Malkangiri, low-level bridges connecting various
block headquarters have been submerged, temporarily disrupting
the road connectivity, district collector Manish Agarwal said.

As soon as the water recedes, assessment of the damage
caused to crops will be made to provide relief to the affected
people, he said.

Reports of some houses being damaged have come from
Chitrakonda and Kalimela blocks, while two persons were
rescued from a truck at Kangurukonda on Saturday, Agarwal

Around 34 villages have been affected to various
degrees, mostly for agricultural loss and marooning, while a
check dam has been breached causing submergence of
agricultural land and crop loss in the Mathilli area, the
collector said.

About a hundred stranded people due to submergence of
a bridge have been provided accommodation and food, ensuring
social distancing, he said.

Similar reports were received from the Dhenkanal
district where rainwater inundated low-lying areas in around a
dozen villages in Bhuban block, besides inundating several
roads and snapping communication lines, officials said.

State Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Kumar Mallik,
who visited the affected areas in Bhuban, said necessary steps
are being taken to provide assistance to the people in the
submerged villages.

He said he has asked the Block Development Officer
(BDO) to take quick steps to deal with the situation.

The water level in the Jalaka river at Mathani in
Balasore district has touched 6.3 metre, crossing the danger
mark of 5.5 metre, officials said.

Issuing an ”Orange Warning” for Malkangiri till
Monday, the MeT Centre forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Heavy rainfall may also occur in some areas in
Koraput, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh,
Mayurbhanj, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts where a
”Yellow Warning” has been issued till Monday.

”Orange Warning” stands for weather conditions that
have the capacity to impact the lives of the people
significantly and requires the authorities to remain prepared,
while ”Yellow Warning” implies the possibility of disruption
of normal life due to adverse weather conditions.

The intensity of the rainfall is likely to subside
after Monday, and regain momentum around August 19, the
weather office said.

Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea
along and off Odisha coast till Monday as squally weather with
surface wind up to 45-55 kmph speed may prevail during the
period. PTI SKN

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