Flash floods in Odisha, one dead

Rayagada: Heavy rains have triggered flash floods in parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts in Odisha.

“As it is not possible to rescue the people through boat only by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), the assistance of the Indian Air Force is required for the rescue operation and airdrop of relief materials”.

According to East Coast Railway, the flash floods affected train services in the Rayagada-Titilagarh railway section as Railway bridge No 585 between Therubali and Singapur Road railway stations was washed away.

Four Mi-17 V5 helicopters of IAF have been tasked for the relief and rescue operations. Four helicopters were requisitioned for the goal.

India Air Force helicopters are likely to reach at Rayagada this morning to intensify the rescue and relief operations.

The IAF choppers are being used in Kalyansinghpur block, where people are trapped on rooftops of submerged houses.

While Thuamul-Rampur area of Kalahandi received 260 mm rainfall in past 24 hours, Rayagada recorded 189.88 mm rainfall during the same period causing flash flood in Nagabali and Kalyan rivers.

“There are flash floods in Kalyansinghpur of Rayagada caused by the rivers Nagavalli and Kalyani“, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said after reviewing the flood situation at an emergency meeting held at the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

Bhubaneswar: A red alert has been sounded in Odisha for the next 24 hours after the extremely heavy rainfall led to floods in the state.

He said the state control room in the Special relief Commission (SRC) Office is tracking the flood situation and the Rayagada District Collector is in charge of the situation and instruction has been issued to take all measures to ensure relief, rescue and other mitigation measures.

It was Rayagada’s Kalyansinghpur which was the worst hit with 80 per cent of the block facing inundation. “We are hoping for intensity of the rains to reduce so that water level in the two rivers can recede”, he said.

“We have requested four helicopters from Indian Air Force for dropping food packets in affected areas”.

The state government ordered closure of all schools for the next three to four days while hostels of residential and ashram schools would remain open for students staying there.