5 killed in wall collapse incidents as rain batters Odisha

As the deep depression reached the Odisha coast on Friday evening, it brought heavy rain to practically all regions of the state. Five people, including four children, died and five others were injured in wall collapse incidents, according to officials on Saturday.

After torrential rains, the mud wall of a family’s home collapsed on them, killing an 11-year-old girl and her 4-year-old sister and seriously injuring their parents. According to officials, the wall that collapsed on Anil Giri’s family as they were resting in their asbestos-roofed home in Bholabeda hamlet under Luhakani grampanchayat in Bisoi block. Giri’s daughters passed very suddenly when he and his wife were receiving medical care at a nearby hospital.

Similar to this, a 4-year-old girl was killed when the boundary wall of a school building next to her family’s home in Madhupura village, Baliapala block, Balasore district, when a tree fell on it. Sheikh Ansar’s family was snoozing inside their home when a wall fell on his three children. Samina Khatoon, the daughter of Ansar, was gravely hurt and taken to a nearby hospital, where she passed away.

The deep depression, according to meteorological department officials, brought heavy to very heavy rainfall to at least 88 locations in the previous 24 hours, with Bhograi in the Balasore district and Phiringia in the Kandhamal district recording 226 mm and 211 mm of rainfall, respectively, up until 8:30 am on Saturday. Four locations in Kandhamal and six locations in the Mayurbhanj district both recorded more than 150 mm of rainfall.

Kandhamal, Sundargarh, Nuapada, Balangir, and Nabarangpur districts received an orange warning from the regional office of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) until the afternoon.

After the water level in the Mahanadi receded, the situation of flood victims in Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur significantly improved, but residents are still in danger from poisonous snakes, other reptiles, and scorpion attacks. In the Erasama block of Jagatsinghpur district’s Gadaharishpur village, a large python that had been trapped in a fishing net was saved.

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