Cuttack: Incessant heavy rainfall and the bandh called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over Durga Puja celebrations has hit normal life in Cuttack city on Monday.
The city has received around 480 mm of rainfall today under the influence of the Deep Depression over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha coast.
Most parts of the city have been submerged as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is yet to complete the work on the drainage and sewerage projects of Cuttack city.
Meanwhile, pump sets have been made functional by the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) to ensure the waterlogged and low-lying areas of the city are quickly dewatered.
To further help quickly flush out the excess water, sluice gates have been opened at several strategic locations in Cuttack city.