Kendrapara, Oct 24 (LocalWire): Incessant rains for the past two days in Kendrapara and Jajpur districts led to waterlogging in several parts of the district today.
Many villages also remained waterlogged as heavy rains lashed the area.
Large number of people living in slums in Kendrapara town, were the worst sufferers as their homes were submerged in knee-deep water. They took shelter in nearby buildings.
Life in the industrial town Kalinganagar also came to a halt due to ceaseless rain.
With few buses on the roads today, commuting became a problem for those who braved the rains. Rickshaws and auto-rickshaws charged double the usual fares.
As water level rose above the rails, trains were halted in several places in Jajpur.
Boatmen of riverside villages were advised not to venture out during the inclement weather.
Many thatched and mud houses caved in and large areas plunged into darkness as electricity went out due to heavy rains.
The shower also exposed the crumbling infrastructure in Kendrapara, Rajnagar, Marsaghai and Pattamundai civic bodies with broken roads and non-functional sewage systems.
Roads were in shambles with the rains transforming small potholes into large craters, creating bottlenecks leading to traffic jams, said Bijaykrushna Sahoo, the former chairman of Kendrapara municipality.
Following the recent rains, the rehabilitation colony at Bagapatia built by the government two years back for the sea-erosion-hit villagers of Satabhaya gram panchayat under Rajnagar block in Kendrapara district is also water-logged.
Debaprasad Bal, the executive officer of Kendrapara municipality said, ‘We are clearing drains to ensure that there is no water logging. There are some potholes due to rains, but the number is relatively less.
Pumping of rainwater from residential areas is going on by the civic body.’