Kalinga TV News Network
Bhubaneswar: Denizens were left in an absolute lurch in the Twin City Cuttack and Bhubaneswar on Saturday following heavy rain which kept pounding the state since last night.
The state capital Bhubaneswar witnessed the waterlogging situation in many parts giving a tough time to commuters as well as office-goers staring from the morning. Several residential areas in Nayapalli Behera Sahi, Patia, Sailashree Vihar, Jaydev Vihar, Acharya Vihar got virtually inundated from the remaining world due to waterlogging. People got trapped inside their homes to which in some areas rain water made an ingression.
A team of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) was rushed to Jaydev vihar area save some people trapped in rain water. Similarly, fire officials were engaged in draining out the stagnant rain water in places like Gouri Garden, Garrage Chhak and the stretch of National Highway in front of ISKCON temple.
Keeping in view the waterlogging situation and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) prediction for more rain the administration ordered for the shutdown of all schools and colleges in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
However, informing on the preparedness of the administration to tackle the situation Odisha Fire and Civil Defence DG Bijay Kumar Sharma claimed that his department is well prepared.
“Fire officials in ample numbers have been engaged on duty to drain out rainwater from low-lying areas. Help of trained fire personnel from several private institutions are also being taken in rescue and restoration work,” said Sharma.
In the Millenium City Cuttack, rain water entered into the houses in areas like Badambadi, Dolamundai, Rajabagicha, Shelter Chhak, Taulasipur, Pithapur, Roxy Lane and Kanika Square this morning.
Schools and Colleges were ordered for closure in the city as traffic movement came to a grinding halt due to waterlogging.
Cuttack has recorded 195 mm rainfall till 6 am today, as per the MeT department sources.