Odisha: Heavy rains across state, five die in wall collapse

Odisha: Massive rain wreaked havoc across Odisha causing loss of lives and damage to road infrastructures Saturday.

In separate incidents of wall collapse, five people, including three minors, died. Also, road communications have been snapped and thousands of acres of crop have gone down under floodwater. 

In the Mayurbhanj district's Bisoi Block, two sisters died when a house wall collapsed on them. Their parents have been hospitalised and are in serious condition. In PHD Colony in Koraput Town, a youngster named Priyansu Rajabhadra (9 years old) died after the wall of his restroom caved in. In the districts of Balasore and Keonjhar, there have been reports of fatal wall collapses.

Mayurbhanj and Balasore in northern Odisha were hit hard by rain, disrupting daily life. The maximum rainfall was recorded in Bhogarai, Balasore district, at 226 mm, followed by Phiringia, Kandhamal, at 211 mm, and Nawana, Mayurbhanj, at 196.4 mm. 27 IMD stations in the Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts recorded heavy heavy rainfall, while two locations in Odisha received really heavy rain.

According to an IMD bulletin, "the deep depression over coastal areas of West Bengal and adjacent north Odisha moved west-northwestwards during the past six hours at a speed of 18KM per hour and lay centred over south Jharkhand and adjacent north Odisha and West Bengal near about 40KM south-southwest of Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), about 120KM southeast of Ranchi (Jharkhand), and 220KM east-northeast of Jhars.

The atmospheric system would continue to move west-northwestwards across Jharkhand and adjoining north Odisha and North Chhattisgarh towards north MP during next 24 hours and weaken gradually.

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