Weather Updates: Sudden showers throw life out of gear in Odisha

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 20, 2024 IST

Heavy rainfall in odisha

Bhubaneswar, Mar 20: Heavy rainfall has thrown life out of gear in the twin Cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, along with several other regions across Odisha. The unanticipated downpour, accompanied by strong winds, has caused widespread disruption, leading to waterlogging, traffic congestion, and other challenges for residents and authorities alike.

 

The sudden onset of heavy rain has caught many off guard, as the region was not expecting such intense precipitation at this time. As a result, drainage systems have been overwhelmed, leading to waterlogging in low-lying areas and on major thoroughfares. Streets have turned into rivulets, making commuting difficult and posing risks to pedestrians and motorists.

 

In addition to urban areas, rural regions of Odisha have also been affected by the heavy rainfall. Fields have been inundated, hampering agricultural activities, while villages have reported instances of flooding, causing concern among residents and local authorities. The situation is further compounded by the threat of landslides in hilly terrains, adding to the challenges faced by communities in these areas.

 

The disruption caused by the heavy rain extends beyond just mobility and infrastructure. Power outages have been reported in various parts of the state, affecting daily life and essential services. Furthermore, there are concerns about the potential impact of the rainfall on vulnerable populations, including those living in makeshift shelters or areas prone to waterborne diseases.

 

In addition to the Twin Cities, Khordha, Nayagarh, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Ganjam, and Kandhamal districts in Odisha experienced significant rainfall. The heavy downpour, accompanied by strong gusts of wind, swept through various parts of the state, including the capital city, as a result of the 'Kalabaisakhi' (Norwester) phenomenon.

 

The Meteorological Department has issued an orange warning for lightning, thunderstorms, and further rainfall in nine districts today. These districts include Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Balangir, Subarnapur, and Boudh, highlighting the ongoing risk posed by the inclement weather conditions.

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