Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 26:
After a long humid day, heavy rains lashed Bhubaneswar throwing life haywire in Odisha’s capital city yesterday. The most intense rainfall of the season also took two lives.
A 45-year old man from Khandagiri area died from thunder strike and another nine-year old boy fell victim to an uncovered drain.
Heavy thunder and lightning added to the woes of the denizens and roads were seen flooding in the rain that lasted about an hour from about 5:30 Pm till 6:30 PM.
The worst affected area was the ISKCON temple area in Nayapalli where the busy road almost turned to a river with about three to four feet deep water moving on it.
Apart from Nayapalli, Jayadev Vihar over bridge area was also severely affected with about two-three feet deep water seen on the street. Rain water entered the household in the low-lying areas and slums around Jayadev Vihar. Same was the case in Baramunda Ruchika market and the underpass near Rajdhani College. Besides, the Cuttack road, Siripur-Jagamara roads reminded of a flowing canal.
Communication came to a dead halt at many other places such as Khandagiri Mallick complex, Siddhi Vihar, Bamikhal overbridge, Bomikhal Durga Mandap till Canal road, Badagada Brit colony and New Forest Park colony area due to water logging.
Traffic came to a standstill for an even longer duration after the rain receded as the commuters were not risking their vehicles in the heavily flooded streets.
Such was the fury of the rain that the Empire Circus that was playing in the exhibition field had to cancel its show midway as the tent was unable to handle the water logging.
The hapless viewers came out of the tent, but were unable to go anywhere else due to heavy rains.