Odisha witnesses thunderstorm with gusty wind
Different parts of Odisha including Capital City Bhubaneswar and Cuttack experienced heavy thunderstorm activity along with lightning, gusty wind and hail on Saturday evening under the influence of western disturbances.
Following sweltering heat over the last few days, different places in North, West and South Odisha witnessed intense to moderate thunderstorm activity. People in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bolangir, Sambalpur and Rayagada got a respite from the heat.
However, normal life was affected by the intense thunderstorm activity in some parts of the state. In a tragic incident, 13 cows died in a lightning strike at Pratappur village under Ajodhya Gram Panchayat in Nilagiri. As per reports, as many as 25 cattle had taken shelter under a dilapidated house during the storm. At least 13 of those died due to lightning during the thunderstorm.
Kalyanasinghpur in Rayagada and Balasore witnessed heavy rainfall along with hailstone showers. Few asbestos roofs were blown away due to the gusty wind in Kashipur area and two women were injured in the process. The injured women were admitted to the nearby hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar has issued yellow warning to 17 districts which are expected to experience heavy rain and thunderstorm activity tomorrow.
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High drama in Bhubaneswar as man climbs atop hoarding, threatens to end life; rescued
A high-voltage drama unfolded near Sishu Bhawan Square in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday morning after a man scaled a hoarding tower and threatened to end his life.
However, the drama ended after he was rescued by fire service personnel after an hour-long operation.
The man has been identified as Tulu Patra from Balasore district. He is a driver by profession. However, the reason behind his suicide bid is yet to be ascertained.
Tulu has been detained at the Capital police station after his rescue operation. His questioning is currently underway.
As per reports, Tulu climbed the tower, which is around 30 ft height, in the morning and attempted to commit suicide. He was spotted by local people shouting some slogans against the injustice meted out to him.
Upon being informed, police rushed to the spot and called up fire services personnel. Following this, a 10-member team from the fire services department rushed to the spot and rescued the man after an hour-long operation.
“The investigation is currently underway. The reason behind Tulu’s suicide bid will be ascertained after his questioning,” said Capital Police Station IIC.
As per some local residents, Tulu was complaining that his wife and children are not obeying him.
Infant killed, 4 others injured in LPG cylinder blast in Odisha
In an LPG cylinder blast incident, a 40-day-old infant was killed and four others sustained severe injuries at Mirzapur near Chandipur in Balasore district on Tuesday evening.
According to a source, the mishap occurred at one Sheikh Bhallu’s house. The cylinder caught fire when his wife was cooking food in the evening.
In the mishap, Bhallu’s 40-day-old infant died on the spot while the couple, their second daughter and another person were injured critically. Hearing the sound, neighbours came to the family’s rescue.
They rescued Bhallu’s six-year-old daughter and another person, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, and immediately rushed them to the Balasore district headquarters hospital (DHH).
“The incident occurred at around 6.30 PM. Bhallu, his wife and their middle daughter have been admitted to the hospital. Their elder daughter is safe,” said a relative.
Local Tehsildar, Nirlipta Mohanty said, “Since the infant couldn’t be rescued, he was killed in the mishap. The couple and their daughter have been admitted to the hospital. The administration is with the family and will extend all possible help to them.”
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