Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, June 20:
With heavy and incessant rains battering Odisha’s Malkangiri district for the second consecutive day today, the situation is grim in the southern-most district of the state.
With Malkangiri receiving 183 mm rain during the last 24 hours, a flood like situation has emerged in most parts of the district with roads and electricity cut-off in most places. Several kuccha houses are in knee-deep rain water making life miserable for the residents of the district.
Drinking water has been the biggest casualty with wells filled up with rain water and few tube wells at the disposal of the villagers in most places. Water is flowing above the main road connecting Malkangiri district.
Communication links to most parts of the district remain severed. Korukonda block is the worst affected with water flowing 15 ft above the Korukonda bridge.
Several places have been inundated making it difficult for the people to come out of their homes. Cattle and domesticated animals are the worst affected.
“Every year, our houses are washed out in rains. Roads are cut-off; it’s like a lake now. Water is standing in our fields,” said a resident of Korukonda block.
Our Bhubaneswar bureau adds:
Meanwhile, the well-marked low pressure that had formed over West Central and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North AP and South Odisha Coast has concentrated into a Depression and lay centered over Northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal near latitude 18.00N and longitude 86.00E, about 200 Km South of Puri at 0830 hours IST today. The system would move Northwestwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Puri by tonight.
Under its impact, rain/thundershower would occur at most places over Odisha during next 24 hours, the IMD centre in Bhubaneswar said this afternoon. Heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at a few places over South Odisha and at one or two places over North Odisha during next 24 hours, it said.
Strong and squally surface wind from North-Easterly direction with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting up to 65 kmph would occur along and off Odisha Coast. Sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off the Odisha coast, the waetherman said warning fisherfolk not to venture into the sea.
Cautionary Signal Number-Three (LC-III) hoisted at all ports in Odisha.