Incessant rain throws normal life out of gear in Twin city


Bhubaneswar: Incessant rain triggered by a low pressure over Bay of Bengal in the last 24 hours and subsequent water-logging in almost all parts of the twin city of Cuttack- Bhubaneswar and Puri town have thrown normal life out of gear.

Taking note of the situation district administrations of Cuttack and Puri today declared closure of all government and private educational institutions in the districts due to heavy downpour.

Heavy downpour has inundated many areas such as Badambadi, Rover Street, Sutahata, Buxibazar, Pithapur, Haripur, Meriabazar, Khatabinasahi and Santasahi in the millennium city including the main roads disrupting vehicular movement.

Locals have blamed the civic body for the situation as it is yet to solve the poor drainage system, which is the age-old problem of the city.

Meanwhile, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has installed over 100 pump sets to drain out water from low-lying areas in the city.

Similarly, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has geared up to tackle possible water-logging situation in the State capital. The civic body has set up a multi-agency 24×7 control room to address the issue.

Due to poor drainage system, Rasulgarh, Acharya Vihar,  Jaydev Vihar, Bomikhal, CRP Square and other low-lying areas in the city remained water-logged.

As many as 13 teams across 13 sub-zones have been deployed to monitor the situation in 67 wards of the city. Besides, BMC engineers have been put on high alert to control any kind of situation due to high rainfall.

Storm Water Control Room at BMC is also functioning through the number 0674-2432281. People can also call on Bhubaneswar Operations Centre number 18003450061.

Most parts of northern and coastal Odisha are reeling under water-logging which has disrupted vehicular movement. Besides, water level in major rivers in the state was also rising, officials said.

Bhubaneswar Met office in a release said, “Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places over Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Mayurbhanj and Bargarh districts.”

Weathermen have advised fishermen not to venture into the sea as the sea condition is likely to be rough.

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