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Monsoon & that sinking feeling
Met dept forecasts more rain

Bhubaneswar, July 20: The city received 88.3mm rainfall in the last 48 hours and it was enough to leave several areas waterlogged.

If this was not enough, officials of the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) here have warned that the situation might worsen with a low-pressure trough forming near the coast on Odisha-Bengal border.

“The low-pressure on the coast will trigger more rain and it will continue for three or four more days,’’ said IMD director Sarat Chandra Sahoo.

While the low-lying areas across the city in Chakeisiani, Bomikhal, Laxmisagar, GGP Colony, Brahmeswar Patna, Old Town, Bhimatangi, Baramunda, Soubhagya Nagar, Pandav Nagar, Nayapalli, Jayadev Vihar, Acharya Vihar, VSS Nagar and Mancheswar are underwater, the man-made flood has blocked the entrance to the Ekamrakanan for two days. Several areas across the city also remain waterlogged as rainwater outlets along major roads were lying choked with sand, debris and other wastes.

“Civic authorities in collaboration with the works department should clear the debris to avoid stagnation of water on the roads. In the long run it will also damage the roads,’’ said Mrutyunjay Tripathy, a resident of Soubhagya Nagar.

To tackle the crisis, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has lifted debris from almost all drains across the city.

“We have cleaned several water outlet points near drains in waterlogged areas and people are still on the job,’’ said city health officer Chandrika Prasad Das.

Many major roads and streets in the city remained deserted till 11am today.

“Our business has been hit as the people tried to remain indoor. If the rain continues then there will more problem as the agents will find it difficult to deliver the goods,’’ said shop owner at the BDA Market, Pokhariput, Babuli Swain.

Santosh Kumar Sahu, a vegetable merchant of the Unit I Daily Market, said: “In the last two days, footfall at the vegetable market has dropped and supply by local producers has also become limited.’’