Rain disrupts life in southern districts

One washed away in Rushikulya canal

Continuing torrential rain disrupted normal life in south Orissa on Thursday. Two persons were washed away in the overflowing Rushikulya canal near Aska in Ganjam district while they were travelling on the Aska-Damodarpalli road. One of them Sukuru Das could be saved alive by the fire brigade personnel. But his compatriot Tuna Das got drowned.

Although there are no rivers near Berhampur, its low-lying areas like Gajapati Nagar, Nilanchal Nagar, Alakapuri etc experienced flood-like situation. Due to lack of proper sewerage system accumulated ranwater entered the houses in these areas. Residents of Gajapti Nagar area held a demonstration by blocking the NH 217 in the afternoon demanding immediate measures for proper drainage. In most areas of the city drain water overflowed on to the roads. Similar was the situation n Jeypore town in Koraput district.

In Rayagada district road communication was drastically disrupted due to the overflowing mountain streams. Road link of Rayagada with Kalahandi and Koraput districts remained cut off as mountain streams overflowed these roads. It may be noted that administration has barred vehicles from travelling on roads while mountain streams overflow them. In the past several buses and trucks have been washed away by the heavy current in these overflowing mountain steams. Road communication to different areas of Rayagada district like Kashipur and Chandrapur also remained snapped due to overflowing streams. The Bansadhara and Nagavali rivers were on the rise in the district but they had not reached danger mark till evening.

In Nabarangur district Papadahandi and Kosagumuda areas were worst affected. In Kosagumuda block several villages remained cut off. The villagers of Gundiguda had to be shifted to safe places. The Turi river flowed five feet above a bridge near Papadahandi. In Malkangiri district The Malkangiri-Balimela road and MV-37 to Kokunda road had water of overflowing streams flowing n the roads. In Gajapati district the Bansadhara river was flowing near danger mark at Kasinagar during afternoon.

  • Rainwater enters houses in Berhampur
  • Road link from Rayagada to Kalahandi and Koraput cut off

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