Flash floods hit Odisha; Army called in for relief and rescue operations

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

Srikakulam collector KDhanunjaya Reddy said, "I have also alerted the people, particularly residents along River Nagava li in Srikakulam town".

A major rail mishap was averted after heavy rains washed away a rail bridge in Rayagada-Titlagarh section on Sunday just minutes before a goods train was about to pass over it.

"No flood-like situation is prevalent in River Vamsadhara, but if rains continue, there are chances of floods in Vamsadhara areas too".

Official sources said that already a team of CRPF jawans have reached Kalyansinghpur to carry out relief and rescue operations.

As the situation remained critical in Ragayada, Special relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said that all neighboring districts of Rayagada have been instructed to provide the required manpower and material support to the district.

Mi-17 V5 detachment of Op-Triveni under Central Air Command, based at Raipur was on Sunday tasked for the rescue and relief operations in flood-affected Rayagada district of Odisha.

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

Even as flash floods have hit Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, the low pressure formed off Odisha coast is set to induce more rains in the State.

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

While water levels in the Nagavali and the Kalyani rivers showed receding trend, the water level in Bansadhara river of Gajapati district continued to swell as it crossed the danger mark near Kasinagar in Paralakhemundi on Monday. The officials have been directed to make essential medicine available for the people in affected areas.

It is, therefore, not possible to move the food and other assistances for the people in affected areas. The state government has asked for the army's help to rescue people who are stranded.

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