Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Heavy rain triggers flash floods in Kalyansinghpur

Heavy rain triggers flash floods in Kalyansinghpur

The CM added that no effort would be spared to ensure the safety of people.

Rayagada district collector is in charge of the situation.

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

"With prompt response we have been able to rescue most people affected by flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers in Rayagada district", said Patnaik in a tweet.

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.

Reports reaching the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office here said thousands of people were still marooned in several villages of Kalyansinghpur block of Rayagada and Junagarh and Narla blocks in Kalahandi district.

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

The Chief Minister said while the situation is being closely monitored by senior officials, the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force and fire services units have been rushed to expedite rescue operations. The National Highway-26 has been blocked due to continuous rains.

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. The State Government has already directed the districts to remain alert.

The weather office said the low pressure may become marked over next 24 hours and trigger more rains. Free kitchens have been opened for affected people in those areas as well as in Cuttack city.

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