Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Flash floods submerges several Odisha villages

Flash floods submerges several Odisha villages

"I am closely monitoring the flood situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts". A defence official was quoted by PTI as saying that 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.

"No casualties have been reported so far as people have been flown away from flood prone areas due to the alertness of the departments concerned", Srikakulam District Collector told The News Minute.

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Rayagada/Bhubaneswar: Flash floods in southern Odisha districts of Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Malkangiri on Sunday caused severe inundation of human habitations and extensive damage to crop lands, even as the state government urged the Union government to provide four choppers to carry out relief and rescue operations.

The Rayagada district administration started serving cooked food to those sheltered in schools.

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The chief minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted "With the prompt response we have been able to rescue most people affected by flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers in Rayagada district,". CRPF, Fire services engaged in rescue ops, no extra requirement now as Navy, Army, Air Force were on alert says Special Relief Commissioner. A major road link between Rayagada and Bhawanipatna has snapped as flood water has submerged major roads. A person died in landslide in Chullibadi village in Kalahandi district.

Visual of railway bridge washed away in fierce flow of Nagavali River.

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The Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar said a well-marked low-pressure area has been formed over the north-west and west-central Bay of Bengal as well as the coastal areas of Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh, which is likely to intensify into a depression during the next 24 hours.

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