Odisha seeks army, IAF help in flooded areas

Odisha seeks army, IAF help in flooded areas

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.

Floodwater entered block headquarter town of Kalayansinghpur in Rayagada district forcing many inhabitants to take shelter in the first floor and roof.

As per reports, almost 5,000 to 7,000 people have been affected by the flash floods as several parts are now submerged. He directed development commissioner and special relief commissioner to supervise the rescue and relief operations in affected areas.

The Nagavalli and Kalyani rivers have swelled, leaving parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts inundated, and causing extensive damage to road and rail connectivity in several places.

Rayagada district collector is in charge of the situation.

Several areas in Kalahandi district were also severely affected by the floods caused by incessant rains. A person died in landslide in Chullibadi village in Kalahandi district.

The floods have resulted in the inundation of NH 16 at Komarada in Vizianagaram district, and railway bridge No. 588 between Singapuram Road-Therubali railway stations.

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

Two Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams, fire services personnel and CRPF jawans were engaged relief and rescue operation.

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

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said that three trains were cancelled, two short terminated and one train diverted as flood water was still running on certain train lines in the southern region of Odisha. The state government has asked for the army's help to rescue people who are stranded.