CUTTACK: Moderate rainfall from Saturday evening brought with it the water-logging woes for the people living in low-lying areas of the Millennium City. The residents of more than 50 localities in the low-lying areas were already struggling with water-logging from earlier this week after heavy rains lashed the city for three days. The rain started pouring on Saturday after a day's break.
The worst affected areas are Patapola, Rausa Patana, Meria Bazaar, Tulasipur, Odia Bazaar, Sutahat Tanti Sahi, Sidheswar Sahi, Jobra, Jagatpur, Khan Nagar, Aparna Nagar, Nuabazaar and Mahanadi Vihar.
The water was flowing on the roads in several main streets due to faulty drainage system, alleged locals. Sewage water entered houses located in some low-lying localities like Mehendipur, Sutahat Tanti Sahi, Kazi Bazaar, Nua Raousapatana and Kesharpur making life miserable for the locals.
The city received only 22 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours which negates the claims of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) that the flooding is due to excess rainfall as the city drainage system has the capacity to drain out 30 mm to 50 mm rain water.
More than 200 dewatering pump sets are being used to drain out the excess water and necessary steps will be taken up for cleaning and disinfecting water sources, said CMC Commissioner, Bikash Chandra Mahapatra.