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Heavy rain triggers flood in Kalahandi

17 July 2017

"I am closely monitoring the flood situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts".

Free kitchens have been set up in the affected areas and schools have been closed in Kalyansinghpur block of the badly-hit Rayagada district.

SRC Bishnupad Sethi said the concerned officials had already been alerted on the basis of forecasts by the IMD about heavy rainfall in the northern region.

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.

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Meanwhile, government officials today said that four IAF choppers were pressed into service for relief and rescue operations.

A total of 300 people were taken to safety from Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts till Monday morning.

The state government ordered 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.

As it is not possible to rescue them through boat by the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire services, the assistance of IAF is required for the rescue and airdrop of relief material in the affected areas of Rayagada. The roads and villages were submerged in flood waters. Kalahandi District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik said one person from Thuamul Rampur block has died.

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The chief minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted "With the prompt response we have been able to rescue most people affected by flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers in Rayagada district,".

A major rail mishap was averted after heavy rains washed away a rail bridge in Rayagada-Titlagarh section on Sunday just minutes before a goods train was about to pass over it.

Visual of railway bridge washed away in fierce flow of Nagavali River.

Office of Special Relief Commissioner said a low pressure area had formed over northwest Bay of Bengal of north Odisha and the system is likely to further intensify into depression.

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Heavy rain triggers flood in Kalahandi