Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Weatherman warns of heavy rains in Odisha

Flooded roads due to heavy rains at Sangareddy district Telangana Image for representational purpose only
Kenny Thornton | 17 July, 2017, 15:41

Mr Patnaik said the government had sought the help of Army and pressed the IAF helicopter in the relief and rescue operation as large number of people need to be evacuated from their houses submerged by the flood waters.

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.

The State Emergency Operation Centre in Special Relief Commissioner Office is tracking the situation closely.

Flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers left thousands of people marooned in Kalyansinghpur block of Rayagada district and caused extensive damage to bridges and roads and affected railway connectivity.

The Rayagada district administration started serving cooked food to those sheltered in schools. "Defence choppers are carrying out sorties in full swing for locating distress zones, rescuing affected people and air dropping supplies in affected areas", Patnaik said on Facebook. Kalahandi District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik said one person from Thuamul Rampur block has died.

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A report from Koraput said incessant rains for the past three days have also triggered a flood like situation in many plain areas in Koraput district as major rivers are in spate.

All schools of Kalyansinghpur Block will remain closed.

Visual of railway bridge washed away in fierce flow of Nagavali River. On the other hand, ODRAF and Odisha Fire Service, CRPF are in the spot and doing rescue and relief.

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. Free kitchens have been opened for affected people in those areas as well as in Cuttack city.

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