Heavy rains batter Odisha

Heavy rains batter Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Heavy downpour, triggered by a depression, battered several parts of Odisha on Wednesday. There was a a flood-like situation and train services were disrupted in some areas.
At least three wagons of a goods train derailed in Ambadola station and several trains have been cancelled or diverted due to heavy waterlogging on tracks, a railway official said.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said that torrential rainfall submerged vast areas in Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal and Gajapati districts.
Malkangiri and Rayagada districts are facing a flood-like situation.
The incessant rain has snapped road link between the district headquarters town of Malkangiri and Jeypore, besides affecting road connectivity in Balimela, Kalimela, Motu and Padia.
The situation was grim in Rayagada district with the water level in Bansadhara river rising alarmingly and the rain water inundating vast swathes.
As the downpour washed away soil and ballast below the tracks between Dolkalu and Ambadola stations in Rayagada- Titlagarh section, at least four trains were cancelled, eight diverted and half-a-dozen trains were partially cancelled on Wednesday, an East Coast Railway (ECoR) spokesman said.
Three wagons of a goods train derailed and were damaged due to gushing waters in Ambadola station.
Relief trains have been rushed to the spot and the authorities are waiting for the water level to recede.
As per the IMD report, Malkangiri, Rayagada Koraput, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Puri received heavy rainfall since Tuesday.
Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to lash a few places in Gajapati, Boudh, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal and Nayagarh districts, it said.

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