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Woman washed away in flash floods

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: The Bhanjanagar-Phulbani road remained cut off from Thursday night as a sudden flash flood in Baghadiha mountain stream washed away a under-construction culvert and diversion road near Durgaprasad on the border of Ganjam and Kandhamal districts.

A bike carrying two persons was also washed away by the flash flood at that spot. Both of them were teachers of a school at Sankarakhol in Kandhamal district. They were returning back from Berhampur . The deceased was identified as Dadhia Mallik whose body and bike were recovered from a distance of four kilometers from the spot of accident. The other teacher Shyamsunder Saha managed to save himself holding on to a branch of tree.

On Friday morning the inhabitants of the area held demonstration at the spot of the mishap alleging that delay in arrival of police and fire brigade on Thursday night led to the death of the teacher. They were pacified by the police and administrative officials.

The spot of mishap is at a distance of 25 kilometers from Bhanjanagar and around four kilometers from the start of Kalinga ghat road. The culvert on the Baghadiha mountain stream was being renovated. So the Public Works Department had also constructed a diversion road there. During past two days there had been rains in the hills in the area. As per people of the area between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. a sudden flash flood came down the small mountain stream. It was too powerful to wash away the diversion road and the culvert under construction. The ill fated bike riders became victim of this flash flood.

Public Works Department has started reconstruction work to open up the road communication between Bhanjanagar and Phulbani. According to sources flash floods in other mountain streams has also damaged the Kalinga ghat road at several points. On Thursday night several passenger vehicles were stranded on both sides of point where the flash flood occurred. All these vehicles were diverted via Sorada.

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