Flash floods wreak havoc in Odisha

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

Flood situation in Rayagada district improved slightly as river Kalyani and Nagavali levles recede

"We are closely monitoring 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".

The weather office said Ganjam, Kandhamal, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Gajapati, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri districts are slated to receive heavy rain over next 72 hours.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik convened an emergency meeting at Special Relief Commissioner's office to review the flash flood situation in Rayagada district that has been the worst hit in the disaster.

A total of 300 people were taken to safety from Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts till Monday morning. The state government has called in the Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) to carry out relief and rescue operations.

Bhubaneswar: Two ODRAF teams, Fire Services and CRPF were deployed for relief and rescue operation and four helicopters of IAF requisitioned for air dropping as flash floods in river Nagabali and Kalyani marooned 12 villages in Kalyansinghpur and Rayagada block in South Odisha.

In Rayagada, four road bridges were washed away, while in Kalahandi, Hati river was flowing over the bridge connecting Junagad and Bhawanipatna. Kalahandi District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik said one person from Thuamul Rampur block has died.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said that three trains were cancelled, two short terminated and one train diverted as flood water was still running on certain train lines in the southern region of Odisha. Many areas in the neighboring Kalahandi district have also been affected by floods that have been caused by incessant rains. According to the MeT department, the heavy pouring is caused due to a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.

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

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