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Red Alert In Odisha After Heavy Rain, IAF Choppers Pressed Into Action

Posted on : Monday 17th of July 2017

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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. Swollen Nagavali and Kalyani rivers have inundated several parts of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts. Kalahandi District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik said one person from Thuamul Rampur block has died.

Yesterday, the Odisha government sought the help of the army and the air force to rescue the stranded and requested the Centre to provide four helicopters to intensify relief and rescue operations.

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

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said while the situation is being closely monitored by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force and fire services units have been rushed for rescue operations.

"With prompt response we have been able to rescue most people affected by flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers in Raygada district," tweeted Mr Patnaik.

Major roads were damaged and several bridges, including a railway overbridge, were washed away in the floods.

"We are trying to evacuate the stranded people as several areas have been cut off and people have taken shelter on rooftops," said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.

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.

Bhubaneswar Meteorological Department Director Sarat Sahu said a low pressure area had formed over northwest Bay of Bengal off north Odisha.

The system is likely to further intensify into depression, causing heavy rain in several parts of the state, he added.

Free kitchens have been set up in the affected areas and schools have been closed in Kalyansinghpur block of the badly-hit Rayagada district.

Courtesy : NDTV

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