Odisha seeks army, IAF help in flooded areas

Army IAF help sought to tackle floods

Kalyansinghpur: Heavy rains trigger flash floods in Kalyansinghpur of Rayagada district.

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.

With heavy inflows into the river, the district administration on Sunday released 29,000 cusecs of flood water from the Thotapalli barrage near Par vatipuram by lifting eight gates. 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. He directed development commissioner and special relief commissioner to supervise the rescue and relief operations in affected 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.

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Even as relief operations continue, the state is now keeping a close watch on the health situation, with outbreaks of disease an expected outcome of the current calamity.

SRC BP Sethi said at least 3,000 food packets had so far been dropped in inundated villages and Kalyansinghpuur blocks of Rayagada district.

"No efforts will be spared to ensure safety of people". The man died due to the landslide, the collector said, adding that several roads were cut off due to the rains.

An East Coast Railway release said train services were severely affected on the Rayagada-Titlagarh section as a bridge between Theruvali and Singapur was washed away. Sufficient food, medicine and other supplies are being made available to the people. The state government has asked for the army's help to rescue people who are stranded.

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