Two Bridges Washed Away In Rayagada, Naveen Seeks 4 Choppers From Centre

After heavy rains overnight, red alert sounded in Odisha: IAF choppers have been pressed into action

After heavy rains overnight, red alert sounded in Odisha: IAF choppers have been pressed into action

Heavy rains swelled two major rivers causing flash floods in Odisha's Rayagada district, prompting the state government to seek the help of defence forces, as four IAF choppers were pressed into service for relief and rescue operations, government officials said on 16 July.

"As it is not possible to rescue the people through boat only by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), the assistance of the Indian Air Force is required for the rescue operation and airdrop of relief materials". Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has reviewed the situation and has held a meeting to chart out the strategy to provide relief to affected people.

According to East Coast Railway, the flash floods affected train services in the Rayagada-Titilagarh railway section as Railway bridge No 585 between Therubali and Singapur Road railway stations was washed away.

Four IAF helicopters have been tasked for relief and rescue operations in Rayagada district. "Indian Army representatives and Indian Air Force helicopters are being mobilised", said Mr. Patnaik.

Kalahandi district collector Anjan Kumar Manik said one person from Thuamul Rampur block died while rescuing landslide affected villagers in the district.

There is a flash flood in Kalyansinghpur of Rayagada in Rivers Nagavalli and Kalyani. "State Emergency Operation Center in Special Relief Commissioner Office is tracking the situation closely", the statement had said.

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.

Two free kitchens have been opened at Majhihada High School and Kalyansinghpur ME School covering 1300 beneficiaries.

Several areas in adjoining Kalahandi district were also severely affected by the floods caused by incessant rains, disrupting road and rail communications, they said.

In Rayagada, four road bridges were washed away, while in Kalahandi, Hati river was flowing over the bridge connecting Junagad and Bhawanipatna. The school children of Budaguda Ashram school are safe and the water, official sources said is receding in Nagabali. The helicopters will also be used to drop relief material to help people stuck in the flood waters.