Puri, September 25 (LocalWire): Life in Odisha’s temple town Puri came to a grinding halt on Wednesday with the heavy rain during the past 24 hours inundating the city.
Taking precautionary measures, the local administration has ordered the suspension of all schools and Anganwadi centers in the district.
The district administration is also taking steps to release the stormwater discharge from the waterlogged pockets, Puri collector Balwant Singh said.
According to Singh, the slum settlements in Dhobakhal, Talabania, Baliapanda, Telugusahi, Hatisal, Sarvoday Nagar, Siddharth Mahavir, Matitotta, Sujata Nagar are reported to be reeling under the water.
“Around 5,000 people in these slum settlements have been affected with rainwater flowing into their houses. They are being shifted to temporary shelters,” he said.
Sources also disclosed that several educational institutions, including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Srikshetra Colony Project UP School, Water Works Road School, Biswamber Vidyapeeth, Beatrix High School, SCS College, Police High School, Government Girls High School, Baliapanda Primary School, and Surajmall Saha College are inundated due to stormwater.
The rain and water-logging have disrupted the normal life in the otherwise busy pilgrim town, and the number of devotees visiting the famous Jagannath temple is also reported to have gone down.