Bhubaneswar: A powerful Nor’wester rain accompanied by strong winds, thunder, and lightning caused widespread destruction in various parts of Odisha on Thursday. The areas most affected by the calamity include Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Pipili, Puri, and Athagarh in the state.
This sudden change in climate brought relief to the region, which was previously enduring an intense heat wave. However, for those residing in the coastal areas, the rainfall and wind proved to be a nightmare as they wreaked havoc.
The Nor’wester, with wind speeds ranging from 40 to 50 km per hour, uprooted numerous trees in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Additionally, heavy winds caused a high-tension electric wire to snap, disrupting vehicular movement in Pipili.
Sources have reported significant damage to kutcha and asbestos houses in Athagarh, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, and Dhenkanal.
Recognizing the severity of the situation, the Special Relief Commission (SRC) has instructed district collectors to promptly provide reports on the extent of damages. The SRC has also urged officials to collaborate with DISCOMS (Distribution Companies) to swiftly restore power in the affected areas.