Incessant heavy rain since Wednesday evening has disrupted vehicular traffic on the NH-49 and the road connectivity to at least three blocks of the district hit.
The rains have flooded the Siriapali water channel and gushing water is at present, flowing over the NH-49. As a result, hundreds of heavy vehicles have been stranded on both sides of the highway near Siriapali.
Communication to scores of villages under Kirmira, Laikera and Kulabira blocks of the district has also been affected. Kulabira BDO D K Nanda said works are on to restore normalcy by Friday morning.
Reports claimed that six thatched houses had collapsed at the interior Ghantamal village under Patil gram panchayat. No casualty has been reported yet.
Sambalpur: Incessant rains saw large parts of low-lying areas in the town inundated.
Heavy rainfall has been recorded in Kuchinda, Bamra, Dhankauda (Sambalpur town) and Maneswar block of the district and as many as 16 gates of Hirakud dam have been opened to release excess flood water.