Coastal Orissa badly hit by cyclonic storm
Life was thrown out of gear in several parts of coastal Orissa due to heavy rains accompanied by high-velocity wind on Monday under the impact of a cyclonic storm, even as tidal waves lashed some areas.
As the cyclonic storm -- Aila -- lay centred at about 140 km east-south-east of Chandbali, a place located around 100 km north-east from Bhubaneswar, incessant rains triggered by it submerged low-lying areas in coastal districts like Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore, official sources said.
High velocity gale with speed as high as 80-90 kmph uprooted a large number of trees in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Cuttack districts, blocking several roads and disrupting vehicular movement, they said, adding that no loss of life was reported so far.
Life was paralysed in Satabhaya and Kanhupur villages in Kendrapara district, perenially prone to sea erosion, after tidal waves lashed into human settlements since Sunday, forcing residents to shift to higher grounds and safer places.
People of Kanhupur village have taken shelter in a local panchayat building while some of them moved to a nearby village, sources said.
About 1,000 hectares of farm land were salinised with tidal waves spilling over Atharbanki, Gabajidiha, Jagatjori, they said and added that similar ingress of sea waters was reported in parts of Chakada, Gohua and Tantiapala villages.
Tidal waves also swept about 1,000 hectares of agriculture land in Ersama area of Jagatsinghpur district where about 400 thatched huts were damaged.
Water-logging severely affected road traffic in several places including Cuttack, Paradip and Jagatsinghpur, giving a tough time to office goers, they said, adding that 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 on Monday morning.
Electricity supply remained disrupted since last night due to snapping of power lines in Kendrapara, while 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 continuous rain, affecting vehicular movement and forcing shops and business establishments remain closed in some localities.
According to Met office, the cyclonic storm is likely to intensify further and move in a near northerly direction and cross West Bengal coast near Sagar Island shortly.
As sea condition would remain high and rough along and off Orissa coast, fishermen were advised not to venture into sea and completely suspend fishing.