Heavy rains forecast in South Odisha districts in next 72 hours

17 July, 2017, 15:38 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Red Alert In Odisha After Heavy Rain, IAF Choppers Pressed Into Action

Heavy rainfall in the state was followed by flood fury with several places including Kalahandi districts being inundated causing that extensive damage to bridges, and snapping road and railway connectivity in several areas.

"No effort will be spared to ensure the safety of the people", the Chief Minister said.

Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) and Deputy Inspector General of Police of southern division were also asked to monitor the situation closely.

The IAF was called since it is not possible to rescue people by boat.

Mi-17 V5 detachment of Op-Triveni under Central Air Command, based at Raipur was on Sunday tasked for the rescue and relief operations in flood-affected Rayagada district of Odisha. Thousands of people have been rendered homeless and many have taken shelter on roof tops.

While water levels in the Nagavali and the Kalyani rivers showed receding trend, the water level in Bansadhara river of Gajapati district continued to swell as it crossed the danger mark near Kasinagar in Paralakhemundi on Monday.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed flash flood situations in Rayagada district at SRC office.

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.

Two Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams, fire services personnel and CRPF jawans were engaged relief and rescue operation.

The Odisha state is triggering with a flash flood and heavy rains in many parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts. The man died due to the landslide, the collector said, adding that several roads were cut off due to the rains.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said train services have been severely affected along the Rayagada-Titlagarh railway section as a bridge between Theruvali and Singapur Road Railway stations was washed away. The officials have been directed to make essential medicine available for the people in affected areas.

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