Rain Batters Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Torrential rain battered Gagapati, Ganjam and Rayagada districts in southern Odisha, triggering deluge and disrupting normal life.

Large areas in these districts are lying cut off as the district administration of these districts have sought for further reinforcement of rescue teams.

78 blocks of the 314 blocks of the State are reported to be worst hit by torrential rain and rising water level of rivers. Currently Rushikulya, Vanshadhara and Jalaka are flowing above danger inundating vast stretch of localities.

Nearly 15,000 people in the affected districts have been evacuated to safety. 26 units of National Disaster Response Force and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Forces are on the job for restoration and rescue areas in the affected areas.

With reports of culverts and bridges being washed away due to deluge, many areas have remained out of bounds for the NDRF and ODRAF teams.

The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre has predicted heavy rainfall during next 24 hours following the impact of deep depression.

Aska Township in Ganjam district has come under watery submergence, lying cut off from the district headquarters.

Meanwhile the inmates of Aska jail were moved to first floor as rain water has inundated the jail campus.