Flash floods wreak havoc in Odisha

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

Rains triggered by a low pressure over Bay of Bengal since Saturday have led to flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers of Rayagada district affecting over 7,000 people in Kalyansinghpur block.

SRC Bishnupada Sethi said that a 24-hour control room has been opened at the SRC's office and Indian Army personnel and Indian Air Force Helicopter are being mobilized for relief and rescue operations.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited the office of the Special Relief Commissioner in Bhubaneswar to oversee ongoing work and directed seamless coordination on flash floods.

He said two bridges had been washed away causing disruption of road connections, while a railway bridge was also damaged disrupting train services.

Noting that inclement weather persisted in the flood affected areas, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan said IAF choppers would be pressed into service when weather conditions improve to ensure safe landing. The State urged the Centre to provide four helicopters to intensify relief and rescue operations. "Four helicopters have been requisitioned", said a defence official.

Kalahandi District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik said one person from Thuamul Rampur block died while rescuing land slide affected villagers in the hilly district. The State government has also sought assistance of Indian Air Force for rescue operation and airdropping of relief material in the affected areas.

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Odisha is staring at a major flood this monsoon after over 520 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts flooded most parts of the two districts with one person dying in a landslide.

The flood water is flowing above the Rayagada?

SRC Bishnupad Sethi informed that keeping in view the Met department forecast of heavy rainfall in southern Odisha, the government had already alerted administrative officials of all the flood-prone districts.

Due to heavy rain causing flood situation in Rayagada District of Odisha, Railway Bridge Number 585 between Theruvali & Singapur Road Railway Stations in Titilagarh-Rayagada Railway Section washed out.

In fact, reports of floodwater entering four other residential schools for tribals in Kalyansinghpur block were received by Rayagada district administration.

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