**Bhubaneswar/ Cuttack / Puri:** Several parts of the Khorda, Cuttack and Puri districts witnessed road damage and power cuts due to continuous rain since last 24 hours. Several educational institutions were closed and normal life was thrown out of gear in many parts of Odisha.
Bhubaneswar recorded a record 102 mm rainfall between the evening and midnight of Monday. The most affected were students going for school and colleges with water flowing above their knee level. The district administrations of Khurda and Cuttack have ordered closure of all educational institutions in view of heavy rain & nation-wide transport strike today.
Due to heavy rain fall in the state along with the nation-wide transport strike, all the examination scheduled to be held on August 7 has been postponed and the next dates will be notified later.
Several areas which were affected by rains in the capital city here are Bomikhal, Vani vihar, Iskon Temple area, Acharya Vihar and Jaydev Vihar areas. Parts of Old town were under knee-deep water.
Adding to the woes, pot holes and very poor road conditions were witnessed in several places in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Some areas, including Kazi Bazaar, Mahidas Bazaar, Robot Street, Mehendipur, Haripur, Alamchand Bazaar, Khatbin Sahi in Cuttack city were inundated by the rain water.
Many hotels in Cuttack were seen filled with rain water due to poor sewerage system and the same had been aggravated with the continuous rainfall. Several areas in Puri have been affected with water logging and knee deep water on ‘Bada Danda’.
The residents of these areas claimed that it has been a common site during constant rainfall.
More rains likely to lash Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts in the next 24 hours , Regional Meteorological Department informs.
More rains likely to lash northern, coastal & southern parts of Odisha in next 24 hours, the department further informed.