Bhubaneswar: Normal life was thrown out of gear
in Orissa today as heavy rains lashed many parts of the state,
triggering flash floods and snapping road communications,
Vast areas including paddy fields were submerged in flood
waters in Kalahandi, Gajapati and Malkangiri districts, they
In Kalahandi district, Hati river was flowing about three
feet above a bridge at Junagarh on a National Highway, cutting
off road links with Jeypore and several other important
Low-lying areas in several villages including Matikhal,
Biripur, Bankapala and Balichara were inundated in flood
waters in the district, they said.
Four marooned persons were rescued from a village in
Koksara area, Deputy Collector Jagannath Mohanty said.
In Gajapati district, the swollen Bansadhara river had
earlier crossed the danger level of 54.60 ft at Kashi Nagar,
but it began receding from afternoon, they said.
In Malkangiri district, with overflowing of rivers like
Saberi, Sileri and Poteru, several villages were inundated.
Seven fishermen were swept away by strong water currents
in Saberi river in Mathili area, However, they managed to swim
to safety, officials said.
Rains, triggered by a low pressure, also hit normal life
in places like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Puri, Jeypore
The meteorological department forecast heavy to very
heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall at one or two
places in the state tomorrow.
Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea.