Flash floods hit Odisha; Army called in for relief and rescue operations

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

One of the choppers is expected to reach the district on Monday morning from Vizag for air-dropping food packets.

Due to incessant rainfall since yesterday, some regions of Odisha's Rayagada district have been affected by severe floods.

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With heavy rains triggering flash floods in parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, the Odisha government on Sunday sought the help of the army and the air force to rescue the marooned persons and urged the Centre to provide four helicopters to intensify relief and rescue operations.

Free kitchens have been set up in the affected areas and schools have been closed in Kalyansinghpur block of the badly-hit Rayagada district. The several areas have been cut off, several bridges including a railway overbridge were washed away in the floods and people have taken shelter on rooftops in the two districts.

Notably, road communication between Rayagada and Bhawanipatna has been disrupted as flood water is now flowing on the major road in the area which is now completely cut-off.

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After continuous heavy rains in Odisha, the government has issued a red alert in the state.

The state government also announced seven-day emergent food assistance to the affected people.

As the situation remained critical in Ragayada, Special relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said that all neighboring districts of Rayagada have been instructed to provide the required manpower and material support to the district.

Balakrishnan said, as soon as the weather conditions are suitable for choppers to land, the relief operations will start. The water level in the Nagabali and Kalyani rivers rose due to heavy rains.

Special relief commissioner Sethi said, a team of senior officers including director, health Services, chief engineers of Works and Rural Development Departments are on their way to coordinate with restoration work. As many as 11 trains were cancelled while five other trains were diverted to other routes passing through Rayagada and Titilagarh. Emergency control rooms were opened in Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Khurda Road and Visakhapatnam, he added.

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