CUTTACK: The very severe cyclonic storm Hud Hud triggered heavy rainfall in Cuttack throwing normal life out of gear as it surged inland through Visakhapatnam and South Odisha districts.
The downpour though intermittent was copious to cause severe water-logging and inundation in several areas of the city, with water gushing into homes in low-lying areas forcing residents to seek refuge. The commuters were spared of major inconveniences as it was Sunday. In the wake of the cyclone, people remained indoors and all major business areas and markets remained closed. Very few buses operated and public transport was suspended. Auto-rickshaws too were scarce.
The usual vulnerable pockets of Sutahat, Patapol, Gamhadiha, Pithapur, Odia Bazaar, Kazi Bazaar, Ganga Mandir, Chandni Chowk, Tulasipur, Deulasahi, Mahanadi Vihar, Jhola Sahi, Sikharpur, Badambadi, Raja Bagicha Labour Colony apart major parts of CDA, Ranihat, Mangalabag, Buxi Bazaar, Cantonment Road and Station Bazaar were also affected.
“Though there has been intermittent rain through the day, the major burst occurred around noon. Strong gusty wind accompanied the deluge, which lasted for more than an hour, led to the water-logging situation,” said Ankit Mohanty, a resident of Kathgada Sahi.
“The city received more than 50 mm of rainfall in an hour which led to severe inundation. However, the conditions have begun to show improvement with quick water discharge through the storm water channels and drains,” Collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra said.
Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has deployed around 100 water pumps in low-lying areas while 100 more are on stand-by. The Fire Services wing has also deployed high powered pump sets to drain out water from important places like Badambadi, Satichoura and Tulasipur.
Water discharge into Mahanadi and Kathjodi rivers along with Taladanda Canal has been smooth, effecting fast receding of water. “Special squads comprising CMC officials, engineering department staff and allied agencies are moving around the city to keep surveillance and initiate immediate steps in affected areas. A round-the-clock helpline and control room is also functional to attend to the complaints,” CMC Commissioner Gyanaranjan Das said.
The authorities, however, heaved a sigh of relief as there has been no untoward situation other than water-logging. There was no necessity to evacuate or shift affected people in the city or the district till evening, Collector Mishra said.