Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, July 30:
Streets were flooded, several areas were rendered water logged and traffic was thrown haywire as heavy rains wreaked havoc in the Odisha capital today.
According to the local Met officials, the city received 59.6 mm of rainfall today.
“It took me 20 minutes to reach Nayapalli square from Fire station square by auto as I faced traffic congestion at CRP Square and Iskcon Temple due to water logged roads. It normally takes not more than 8-10 minutes,” said Ashadeep Mohanty, a resident of Fire station area.
Both main roads and interior roads in the city were flooded with rain water and overflowing drainage water. Places like Jayadev Vihar, Acharya Vihar, Vani Vihar, CRP, Iskcon temple, Shani Mandir in Saheed Nagar, NH-5, Bomikhal, Rasulgarh Square, Ekamra Kanan Park and Forest Park were water-logged.
The situation in colonies like Sailashree Vihar, Acharya Vihar, Shantinagar, Tankapani Road and Old Town areas and in all slums was particularly bad. Residents in these areas were forced to remain indoors with the rain and drain waters inundating their colonies.
People also faced great difficulty while parking their vehicles, going to workplace or shopping.
Roadside vendors suffered loss of business due to heavy rainfall as they had to stay indoors for the better part of the day.
“It is very unfortunate that the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to undertake concrete measures to check frequent water-logging at various localities in the city,” said Tapas Rout of Tankapani Raod.
Rout said that people of several low-lying areas faced a lot of problems. They had already cleaned up their houses this morning off the wastewater that had entered their houses this morning when a fresh round of rains began in the afternoon.
BMC authorities, however, said that adequate steps were taken to clear the accumulated water from various localities by deploying pumps.
The situation is expected to worsen further with heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over interior Odisha and heavy rainfall at one or two places over coastal Odisha during the next 24 hours under the impact fresh low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.