Red Alert In Odisha After Heavy Rain, IAF Choppers Pressed Into Action

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Heavy rainfall in the state was followed by flood fury with several places including Kalahandi districts being inundated causing that extensive damage to bridges, and snapping road and railway connectivity in several areas.

According to official sources, two rivers in Rayagada district - Bansadhara and Nagabali - were in spate and the situation was likely to aggravate in the next few hours as rains were still on as this report was filed.

Flood situation in Rayagada district improved slightly as river Kalyani and Nagavali started receding since last night.

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.

A total of 300 people were taken to safety from Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts till Monday morning. "Defence choppers are carrying out sorties in full swing for locating distress zones, rescuing affected people and air dropping supplies in affected areas", Patnaik said on Facebook.

Heavy rain in Odisha triggered flash floods in parts of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts.

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

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.

Health and family welfare minister PK Jena has asked the health department staff to ensure that the people are not denied minimum health service in the flood-hit districts.

Besides, many people have been stranded in hard situations on hill tops.

The weather office said the low pressure may become marked over next 24 hours and trigger more rains.

It is, therefore, not possible to move the food and other assistances for the people in affected areas.

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