Cyclonic Storm in Kendrapara (Orissa) - 50 dead, more than 200 injured
Sudden ternado like cyclonic storm in Rajkanika Block of Kendrapara district has caused havoc on 31st March 2009, within a short time of one and half hours i,e. 4 pm to 5.30 pm. Recent information received reveals that more than 50 people are deadd, 200 are severly injured and more than 1000 houses are completely damaged. The worst affected villages are Mangalpur and Manaidiha in Bharigada GP, Ganja village in Jagulaipada GP, Sebasahi and Mallisahara in Kantapada GP, Dalikaenda and Gobindpur in Dalikaenda GP. Searching operation is still on and the injured are being shifted to Rajkanika CHC, and the severely injured people have been shifted to District Hospital at Kendrapara, SCB Medical College, Cuttack.
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About Kendrapara -
Kendrapara is located at 2030N 8625E / 20.50N 86.42E / 20.50; 86.42. It has an average elevation of 13 m (43 ft).It is Surrounded by Bhadrak, Jajpur, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts and Bay of Bengal in the east.
Transport Kendrapara is just about 75 kilometers from the state capital, Bhubaneswar. To reach Kendrapara one can go via Cuttack-Jagatpur-Salipur state high way or on the National Highway No.5 and 5 A, crossing at Chandikhol towards Paradip. Kendrapara is just one and half hour drive from Bhubaneswar Airport on the National Highway 5 and 5 A.The Nearest Railway station is at Cuttack which is 55 kilometer from Kendrapara town.
Demographics As of 2001 India census, Kendrapara had a population of 41,404. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Kendrapara has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 68%. In Kendrapara, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. The local language is Oriya, the state language, but a high degree of fluency is also present in Hindi, English and Bengali, as well as some familiarity with Urdu and Telugu in some parts of the population. Hindus form the dominant majority of the population. There is a substantial Muslim minority as well as Christians.
Culture The great Baladevjew Temple is located in Kendrapara. A Car Festival is held in the month of July. The Gajalaxmi puja is celebrated in the month of October and Kartikeiya Puja in November and Maa Kali Puja at Olaver are held each year.Gajalaxmi puja is a big festival here and is celebrated for 7 days. Maa Kali Puja in Olaver is one of the famous festivals in the region. The Oriya sweet dish, Rasabali, originated from Kendrapara. The car of Lord Baladevjew, also called as 'Bramha Taaladhwaja' is one of the biggest car of its type in the world. Kendrapara is also known as Tulasi Keshrta (as Tulasi Devi is the wife of Lord Balabhadra) and Gupta Kshetra ( Lord Balabhadra wish to stay here secretely). Different types of prasad prepared and used in Baladevjew Temple are Rasabali, Potali Pitha, Magaja Ladoo, Kakaraa, Khaja, Karanji, and many more.
Potali Matha, located at Balia which is around 5 km towards north of Kendrapara town, organizes a 5-day 'Biswa Santhi Jagayan' each year in the month of March. People from across India gather there. On the final day of the Jagayan, there is always a big crowd to get the prasad (Jagayan Ahuti). Most of the people here are farmers and some do business and some do fishing in the river and the bay-of-bengal.growing prawn near sea shore is a profitable business. Many small scale industries are coming up so people are now getting more opertunity there.
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