Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bargarh/ Bhubaneswar, June 1:
At least eight persons, including five fishermen were killed as a severe nor’wester lashed Jharsuguda and Bargarh districts in western Odisha early this morning.
The office of the Special Relief Commissioner in Bhubaneswar said four boat mishaps at separate spots inside the Hirakud reservoir claimed six lives including two women. While four fishermen died in Jharsuguda district while fishing, a 45-year old woman Purnima Mallick died in a boat capsize at Pudubagh in Bargarh district.
Another woman Hemakanti Dhurua drowned when the boat she was travelling in sank at Ambabana in Bargarh district, Her husband Ashok Dhurua , who was with her is still missing.
In Khebra in Jharsuguda district, a fisherman Tejrajo Kalo (65) and his son Bibhuti (35) died when their small fishing boat capsized during the nor’wester. In two similar incidents, Jagannath Dharua (35) and Khusiram Sa (28) of Jharsuguda districts lost their lives while fishing.
All the five bodies were later fished out by Fire Brigade and ODRAF teams, sources said.
Another fisherman who was caught in the storm near Lakhanpur in Jharsuguda district has gone missing. He has not yet been traced.
Lightning claimed the life of a 60-year old man at Sinegipalli village in Jharsuguda district while an 8-year old child Bibek Seth of Lakhanpur area was killed when a heavy branch of a tree fell on him during the storm.