Flash floods wreak havoc in Odisha

Flash floods wreak havoc in Odisha

Flash floods wreak havoc in Odisha

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. Thousands of people have been rendered homeless and many have taken shelter on roof tops.

The flash floods, followed by an alarming rise in the water levels in the Nagavalli and the Kalyani rivers inundated vast areas, causing extensive damage to bridges and snapping road and railway connectivity.

Official sources said that already a team of CRPF jawans have reached Kalyansinghpur to carry out relief and rescue operations.

"The flood situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts is improving".

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Heavy rains had also lashed Rayagada district, that resulted in swelling of two major rivers causing flash floods in the district. In fact, reports of floodwater entering four other residential schools for tribals in Kalyansinghpur block were received by Rayagada district administration.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said while the situation is being closely monitored by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force and fire services units have been rushed for rescue operations. The man died due to the landslide, the collector said, adding that several roads were cut off due to the rains. Many areas in the neighboring Kalahandi district have also been affected by floods that have been caused by incessant rains.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said train services have been severely affected along the Rayagada-Titlagarh railway section as a bridge between Theruvali and Singapur Road Railway stations was washed away. Free kitchens have been opened for affected people in those areas as well as in Cuttack city.

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

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