Staff Reporter

Low-lying areas inundated

Heavy rain forecast in the State

Balasore receives highest rainfall

BHUBANESWAR: Normal life was affected due to incessant rain in the capital city since Sunday morning and the intensity of the rain is likely to increase further under the influence of depression that lay centred over Orissa’s Keonjhar district.

Bhubaneswar received 125 mm of rainfall between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. As a result, several low-lying areas such as Paika Nagar, Satabdi Nagar, Ratnakar Bag and ISKON temple square got filled up with rainwater.

Roads wore a deserted look in the inclement weather while a very few preferred to go outside. “I had to go out for shopping on Sunday because I remain busy in the rest of the week. But the incessant rain spoiled my day,” said Sushant Pradhan, who works in insurance sector.

Similarly, the flow of customers to busy Unit I and II market area here was very thin. During the day, Balasore received the highest rainfall of 43 mm, next to Bhubaneswar.

Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre warned heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over interior Orissa. The depression over coastal Orissa moved north westwards and lay centred over north interior Orissa, close to Keonjhar, it said, adding that the system was likely to move in a north-westerly direction.

Rough sea

Under its impact, wind speed reaching 45-55 km per hour from south-easterly direction over north Orissa and north-westerly direction over south Orissa was likely to prevail along and off coast while sea condition would be rough, the met office sources said.

According to flood control cell, water level is rising at seven river gauge sites due to heavy rains during last 24 hours.

At Kashinagar on Vanshadhara River, the water level continued to remain above the danger level. In no other places, water level came near to the danger mark.