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Normal life hit by heavy rains as cyclone pounds Orissa

Normal life was disrupted in several parts of coastal Orissa as heavy rains accompanied by high-velocity wind pounded many areas.

Written by Agencies | Bhubaneswar | Published: May 25, 2009 1:01:43 pm

Normal life was disrupted in several parts of coastal Orissa as heavy rains accompanied by high-velocity wind pounded many areas on Monday under the impact of a cyclonic storm.

Low-lying areas were inundated in coastal districts like Cuttack,Jagatsinghpur,Kendrapara,Bhadrak and Balasore districts due to incessant rains since yesterday,damaging around 400 thatched huts,sources said adding no loss of life has been reported so far.

A large number of trees was uprooted and branches broken in Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack districts as gale with speed up to 100 kmph swept the coast,blocking several roads and disrupting vehicular movement.

Water logging also affected road traffic in several places in Cuttack,Paradip and Jagatsinghpur,giving a tough time to office goers,they said adding electricity supply was also hit in many places.

In the capital city of Bhubanesawar,power supply was disrupted for about seven hours in several localities including Bapuji Nagar,Ashok Nagar,Patia,Chandrasekharpur and Jayadev Vihar this morning.

Many parts of Balasore district also remained without electricity for over eight hours,sources said.

Low lying areas of Cuttack like Sutahat,Friends Colony,Patapola and Police Colony were flooded due to incessant rainfall.

The cyclonic storm ‘Aila’ over Bay of Bengal,which lay about 140 km east of Paradip,is likely to intensify further and move in northerly direction and cross West Bengal coast shortly.

Under its impact,heavy to very heavy rainfall was experienced at some places in coastal Orissa as areas like Ersama,Balikuda and Biridi and the port town of Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district were severely affected.

About 1000 hectares of agricultural land with standing crops in Ersama area was submerged as high to very high waves lashed the Orissa coast.

Cyclone shelter centres were opened at several places in Jagatsinghpur district to enable people from low lying areas to take refuge.

The weather office advised suspension of fishing operation asking fishermen not to venture into the sea,while anger signals were hoisted at Chandbali,Paradip,Gopalpur and Puri.

Steps were initiated to remove uprooted trees blocking roads in order to ensure early restoration of normal vehicular movement.

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