Flooding at ISKCON Nayapelli Temple

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 13, USA (SUN) — Torrential rains have been coming down across the Orissan coast for the last several days, causing serious flooding in many places. ISKCON's Sri Krishna Balaram temple, located on National Highway 5 in Nayapalli, currently has four foot water levels in front of the temple.

Many of the roads in Bhubaneswar are under water, and transportation is at a standstill in many locations. The Navrangpur district has received just under a foot of rainfall in the past 24 hours thanks to a tropical depression over Bay of Bengal, centred about 50 km northwest of Bhubaneswar.

Over the last year, Orissa has been hit by the worst flooding experienced there in 20 years. Substantial parts of the Eastern Coast have been hit with major flooding, effecting more than 5 million people. The flooding has been caused by abnormally heavy monsoon rains, which have collapsed more than 18,000 houses in the region.

The worst affected districts are those at the lower end of the Mahanadi river near the coast: Cuttack, Jagatsingpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Puri. Protective embankments have been breached in many places causing large areas to be covered by water up to 13 feet in depth. Some villages have been submerged with many others marooned. Thousands of local inhabitants have had to take shelter at public buildings and temples in the area.



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