flood Maa Bhattarika temple

Cuttack, Aug 16: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed at Maa Bhattarika temple, which has been submerged by flood water in Odisha’s Cuttack, by Additional Tehsildar Tapan Kumar Parida.

According to sources, the prohibitory orders were imposed after locals gathered to witness floodwaters in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum. People have been restricted from entering the temple premises due to high water currents.

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Local MLA Debi Mishra visited the shrine on Sunday to take stock of the flood situation. The BJD legislator went around the flooded premises of the temple, located on the banks of Mahanadi River at Sasanga village in his Badamba constituency, and interacted with its servitors and locals.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena, who reviewed the situation, said 22 rescue teams, comprising the NDRF, ODARF, and Fire Service personnel, have been sent to Puri, Khurda, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, and Cuttack districts.