Packing heavy rain and winds with speeds of up to 175 kmph, cyclonic storm 'Fani' slammed into the Odisha coast Friday morning, uprooting trees and sweeping away thatched huts, as large areas of the seaside pilgrim town of Puri were left submerged. The extremely severe cyclonic storm made landfall at around 8 a.m. in Puri but thanks to enough advance warning, about 11 lakh people had already been evacuated from vulnerable and low-lying areas of at least 11 coastal districts by Thursday.
A herd of elephants went on a rampage spree in Mayurbhanj's Karanjia block in Odisha destroying property and crops. Elephants have destroyed farming fields and houses in the area causing huge loss to the villagers. In the last two to three months, jumbos have been creating havoc in Mayurbhanj. Villagers are spending sleepless nights and also risking their lives to counter-attack the elephants in order to save their crops from destruction
A 14 feet long python was discovered by villagers in Mayurbhanj of Odisha while it was trying to catch a big lizard. The villagers immediately informed the forest department team which reached the spot and rescued the enormous reptile.
The silver city of Cuttack is famous for its craftsmanship on the ‘Puja Pandals’ in the form of silver tableaux during Durga Puja celebrations. People from all across India flock Cuttack city to witness these grand silver tableaux and to offer prayers to the goddess. Adorned with gold and silver jwellery, the idol of goddess Durga bedazzled all visitors. More than 250 to 500 kilograms of silver and around 20 kilograms of gold was put to construct the glittery backdrop of the idol. According to the locals, the idol alone adorned jewellery of about 50 kilograms, with the crown weighing about 20 kilograms. The grand and glittery celebration of Durga Puja in Cuttack is not just limited to Hindu religion. In Dargah market of Cuttack, Hindu- Muslims have been celebrating this festival for last 25 years. The people from various faiths donate generously for designing and decorating these mega tableaus on the occasion of Durga Puja. Although the numbers of Hindus in this region are lesser than the Muslims, the people celebrate all festivals with same fervour. The festival of Muharram falls around the same time with the festival of Dussehra. But the Muslim brothers keep sanctity of Hindu festival Dussehra as high as they observe Muharram
Adding a blot to the medical facilities of the country, a pregnant woman of Odisha's Lanjigarh had to be carried to the hospital in a sling for 16 kilometers to reach an ambulance. The roads of the village were blocked due to which the kin of the family had to carry the woman. In the captured video the woman can be seen being crossed across through uneven roads and riverlet to reach the hospital where her baby was delivered.
Adding a blot to the medical facilities of the country, a pregnant woman of Odisha's Lanjigarh had to be carried to the hospital in a sling for 16 kilometres to reach an ambulance
In yet another incident of medical negligence, a pregnant woman named Purnami Majhi was taken to hospital on a cot. The incident was reported from Dharamgarh area of Odisha’s Kalahandi district.
A 25-year-old boy from Odisha's Balangir district reportedly climbed atop a three storey building and jumped off the roof after strolling for nearly 45 minutes.
Bringing relief to the people in Odisha, rain lashed the Bhubaneshwar city on Friday. Bhubaneshwar, which has remained dry and suffered from intense heat, received a heavy rainfall.
Women queue up to collect water in Odisha's Kalahandi district that is facing acute water crisis amid severe drought conditions. Over 1.5 million hectares of crop land has been damaged in 29,176 villages of 235 blocks.
Temperature in Himachal Pradesh's capital city, Shimla, has increased by 3 to 4 degrees Celsius from the normal. The maximum temperature in Shimla was recorded at 25.4 degree Celsius and Una boiled at 38.4 degree Celsius.
An unusual high temperature in April has hit normal life across India. In Odisha, people are forced to stay indoors and those venturing out have to cover their faces to beat the heat. In Latur, people are struggling for water.
A minor fire broke out at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's chamber in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday afternoon. Patnaik was not present at the spot when the incident occurred.
At least 27 people were killed when a bus carrying 38 people fell in a gorge in Odisha's Deogarh district. The bus carrying artistes of Bharati Gananatya, a prominent opera troupe of the state, fell down the Debagarh Ghat road at around 6.30 p.m.
Bhubaneswar Railway station has become the second station in the country to be covered under the free Wi-Fi project after Mumbai Central in January this year.
More than 30 people are feared dead in Odisha as the region continues to reel under extreme heat with mercury levels rising above 40 degrees Celsius. Many people were forced to stay indoors due to the blistering heat.
As many as 270 Maoist rebels and sympathisers surrendered in Odisha in the past two weeks, said an official. The surrendered rebels include women and members of the Chetna Natya Manch, a cultural outfit of the Maoists.
At least 19 Maoists surrendered before police in Odisha's Malkangiri district. According to the police, the surrendered Maoists were active members of the Darva Division, a faction of the insurgent group.
Seven Maoist rebels and 32 sympathisers surrendered before police in Malkangiri district of Odisha state. All 39 people are resident of Kiribati village. The sympathisers told the police that they had supplied food to Maoists, but chose to stop the practice recently.
The police on Wednesday night arrested five militants, belonging to banned Students Islamic Movement, in Odisha. Acting on an intelligence input, a police team carried out raids in Rourkela district and apprehended the ultras after a brief gun battle.