Berhampur, Oct 24 (LocalWire): Road communication between Aska-Digapahandi via Patapur in Ganjam district was disrupted after an approach road being washed away near Palasapur, while several areas of the Silk City remained waterlogged due to heavy rains for the last two days.
Two people are suspected to have been killed in the district due to rain-related incidents, sources said.
While a five-year-old child of Nirala village under Aska police station limits died due to snakebite, the body of a 28-year-old man was fished out by police near Burukudi nullah under Berhampur police station limits.
The identity of the man and the reason behind his death is yet to be ascertained, police said.
The approach road at Palaspur was constructed after a bridge over the nullah collapsed in August due to heavy rains. ‘Concerned engineers rushed to the spot.
The road will be repaired after water recedes,’ said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.
Heavy rains caused waterlogging in several areas of Silk City, while the drains overflowed and entered houses in Gajapati Nagara, Nilanchal Nagara, Niladri Bihar, Haradakhandi and Old Berhampur areas. People shifted to safer places as water submerged the areas.
MP (Berhampur), Chandra Sekhar Sahu, MLA (Berhampur) Bikram Panda along with Collector and Berhampur Municipal Commissioner (BeMC) Chakravarti Singh Rathore visited water-logged areas in and around the city.
Sahu asked the administration to rescue 70 families living in submerged Nabeen Nagara on the outskirts of the city.
‘Our area gets submerged everytime there is heavy rains. People find it difficult to venture out.
Despite our complaints, neither the civic body nor the district administration has taken our problem seriously to solve it permanently,’ complained Satish Panigrahy, Gajapati Nagar Development Committee secretary.
BeMC commissioner said waterlogging in the city was caused due to the overflow of water in Bahana and Sapua nullahs, flowing into the city.
Rain water was flowing beyond the capacity of these two drains due to heavy rains.
The district recorded an average of 125.19 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours that ended at 8.30 am today.
The highest rainfall was recorded in Chikiti block (203 mm) followed by Rangeilunda (192.4 mm), Patrapur (185.5 mm), Kukudakhandi (175 mm) and Sheragada(142mm), official sources said.