Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said 12 districts of the state have received an average of 50 mm rainfall since yesterday. High volume of rainfall was recorded in districts like Kalahandi and Nuapada, he said.
Incessant rain has led to the rise in water level in several.rivers, he said and added that officials concerned have been asked to remain watchful as rain was likely to continue till tomorrow, mainly in south and coastal Odisha.
Normal life was hit in the state capital of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and the seaside pilgrim town of Puri due to continuous rain.
To deal with the situation, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has opened a control room for lodging of complaints about water logging.
The situation is equally bad in Puri where the people are seen struggling to reach their destinations. Devotees, who thronged the holy town for the Ratha Jatra festival of Lord Jagannath, have to wade through knee-deep water on 'Bada
Danda', the Grand Road. A portion of a boundary wall of the Markendaya pond in Puri collapsed following rain.
The water level in the Hati and the Tel rivers in Kalahandi district is rising steadily but remains below the danger mark, officials said adding rain water inundated many places in Dharmagarh and Junagarh areas of the district.
In view of the situation, all measures have been taken to provide dry foods and tarpaulin to people in the areas affected, an official said.
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