Kandhamal: A culvert on the Gopalpur-Raipur road near Bataguda on NH 59 was washed away due to heavy rains in Baliguda of Kandhamal district, snapping communication to most of the district.
The commuters had to face a harrowing time as hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the National Highway as the culvert on the Gopalpur-Raipur road washed away in floodwaters.
Following this, the communication to Kotagarh and Tumudibanhda block in Rayagada district including Kalahandi, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts have been also affected.
On the other hand, many Bol Bam devotees who had gone to offer holy water to the Jaleswar temple also failed to return to their native places. Besides, three panchayats — Lankagarh, Jhiripani and Bhandarangi — were inundated with flash flood water causing utter inconvenience to residents.