Flash floods wreak havoc in Odisha

Flooded roads due to heavy rains at Sangareddy district Telangana

Flooded roads due to heavy rains at Sangareddy district Telangana

Rayagada district collector is in charge of the situation. "As it is not possible to rescue the people through boat and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, the assistance of Indian Air Force is required for the rescue operation and airdrop of relief material in the affected areas of Rayagada district".

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.

"State control room in SRC office is tracking the situation closely while Indian Army representatives and Indian Air Force helicopters are being mobilised".

"The government has started air-dropping of food packets for the marooned people at Majhiguda, Kumbharguda, Brahmana Sahi, Kumbharsahi and Sai Nagar in Rayagada district", an official said, adding the district administration had also started serving cooked food to the people taken shelter in schools.

The Nagavalli and Kalyani rivers have swelled, leaving parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts inundated, and causing extensive damage to road and rail connectivity in several places.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said the flash floods have affected train services in the Rayagada-Titlagarh railway section as Railway bridge No 585 between Theruvali and Singapur Road Railway stations was washed away. Many areas in the neighboring Kalahandi district have also been affected by floods that have been caused by incessant rains.

Flash floods occurred in river Nagabali and Kalyani of Rayagada badly affected the Kalyansinghpur Block. Free kitchens have been opened for affected people in those areas as well as in Cuttack city. "With more rains expected in southern Odisha till July 18, we are taking no chances", said special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi, after chief minister Naveen Patnaik conducted a review meeting of rescue operations on Sunday.

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