Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Flood triggered by heavy rains in Odisha's Kalahandi blocks NH-26

Flood triggered by heavy rains in Odisha's Kalahandi blocks NH-26

According to official sources, two rivers in Rayagada district - Bansadhara and Nagabali - were in spate and the situation was likely to aggravate in the next few hours as rains were still on as this report was filed.

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.

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.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed flash flood situations in Rayagada district at SRC office. Thousands of people have been rendered homeless and many have taken shelter on roof tops.

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

The district administration of Rayagada has declared closure of schools and colleges for three days in Kalyansinghpur block in view of the flood.

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.

ODRAF, CRPF and fire services units have rushed to the worst affected Kalyansinghpur and Rayagada block of the district to expedite relief and rescue operations.

The flood water is flowing above the Rayagada?

Several bridges, including a railway overbridge, were washed away in the floods caused by incessant rains in the two districts.

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.

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

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