Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Daringbadi (Phulbani), Dec 29:
At least eight people have died due to the intense cold wave in Daringbadi block in Odisha’s Kandhamal district in the last 15 days.
The deceased have been identified as Udra Pradhan (60) of Partamaha, Gumetalu Badamajhi (70) of Kiramaha, Sangudisaha Majhi (55) of Tudubiju, Sikaalu Behera Majhi (94) of Tajungi, Munduda Muthamajhi (62) of Tekangia, Madimanga Majhi (63) of Kasapanka, Agnimati Nayak (80) of Kerubadi, Agnidas Ranasingh (92) of Alipadar village.
Though sources said several people have died in the interior areas, the district administration does not have any specific information about this.
“Though we have reports of deaths due to intense cold wave, we have no official confirmation till now,” said Daringbadi BDO Sunakar Sharma to OST.
With the night temperature hovering around the freezing point in many areas of Kandhamal district, dense foggy condition prevailing till late morning hours in the day has disrupted normal lives of the people.
While the overall temperature in Kandhamal has gone up a bit due to the low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal, the condition has changed very little in Daringbadi which witnessed subzero temperature and snowfall in the last few days.
The tourists, however, seem to enjoy the weather of Daringbadi very much. The inflow of tourist from Odisha and other states has substantially gone up.
In order to attract more tourists, the district administration is going to organize the winter carnival next week.