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Heavy rains disrupt normal life

Torrential rains lashed several parts of Orissa, claiming the life of a man and raising the specter of floods in many parts of the state.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2008 03:06 PM IST

Torrential rains lashed several parts of Orissa on Tuesday, claiming the life of a man and raising the specter of floods in many parts of the state.

The heavy rains also threw train traffic out of gear and affected the movement of floods in low lying areas.

While the depression over the Bay of Bengal moved in north westerly direction and lay centred at about 80 km north east of Kolkata, south-west monsoon has been vigorous over Orissa triggering heavy rains, the meteorological centre here said.

Some places in north and south Orissa received heavy to very heavy rainfall, they said.

The rains have claimed one life in Mayurbhanj district where a man died due to wall collapse, the sources said.

Several trains were delayed due to flooding of railway tracks in Balasore and Bhadrak districts, while movement of vehicles was affected in many places in north Orissa as rain water inundated low-lying areas and roads, they said.

Jaleshwar and Rajghat recorded the highest rainfall of 25 cm, followed by 19 cm at Bhogarai, 17 cm at Jashipur, 14 cm each at Balasore and Baripada, 13 cm each at Udala and Khandapada, 12 cm at Jeypore, 11 cm at Ghatagaon and nine cm each at Soro, Sukinda and Anandpur, the met office said.

The state government has already sounded an alert in coastal areas in view of incessant rains. Collectors of all coastal districts have been asked to remain alert for any eventuality.

Water level of Jalaka and other rivers was rising in Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Jajpur, they said.

Though the rivers were flowing below danger mark, a flood-like situation was emerging, the sources said.

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