One dead in Odisha flood, railway bridge washed away in Rayagada district

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

Rains triggered by a low pressure over Bay of Bengal since Saturday led to flash floods in Nagavali and Kalyani rivers of Rayagada district affecting about 10,000 people in Kalyansinghpur block and neighbouring blocks in the district. 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. Two bridges have been washed away resulting in disruption of communication to the affected areas. Around a hundred villages have been affected in the flash floods, said Tehsildar Goura Chandra Patnaik. He directed development commissioner and special relief commissioner to supervise the rescue and relief operations in affected areas.

Reports received in the evening said that responding to the state government's request, Indian Air Force had agreed to send four helicopters on Monday.

Flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers left thousands of people marooned in Kalyansinghpur block of Rayagada district and caused extensive damage to bridges and roads and affected railway connectivity.

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.

Flooding in various areas of Odisha: Visuals from Kalahandi. Besides, major roads were damaged by floodwaters.

Kalahandi district collector Anjan Kumar Manik said one person from Thuamul Rampur block died while rescuing landslide affected villagers in the district. The helicopters will also be used to drop relief material to help people stuck in the flood waters.

All schools of Kalyansinghpur Block will remain closed although water had started receding in Nagabali as rains stopped by Sunday afternoon.

In Rayagada, four road bridges were washed away, while in Kalahandi, Hati river was flowing over the bridge connecting Junagad and Bhawanipatna.

Keeping in view the flood situation, Odisha government has ordered for closure of all schools for the next three to four days while hostels of residential and ashram schools would remain open for students staying there.

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