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

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

"Closely monitoring flood situation; every effort being made to reach the affected with food, medicines and supplies". "As it is not possible to rescue the people through boat and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, the assistance of Indian Air Force is required for the rescue operation and airdrop of relief material in the affected areas of Rayagada district".

"Heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with extremely heavy rains at one or two places in south Odisha districts and heavy to very heavy rains at one or two places in north districts is likely during 24 hours", said a weather bulletin.

"No casualties have been reported so far as people have been flown away from flood prone areas due to the alertness of the departments concerned", Srikakulam District Collector told The News Minute.

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

Stating that the state control room in the SRC office is tracking the situation, Patnaik said the ODRAF, fire service and CRPF were on the spot for undertaking rescue and relief.

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

It also declared closure of schools and colleges for three days in Kalyansinghpur block in view of the flood situation.

Rise of Water level of the Nagbali and Kalyani River cause flash floods in Kalyansinghpur.

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.

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

"For dewatering in Cuttack city, 260 pump sets have been deployed", the chief minister said adding free kitchens have also started to provide cooked food to the affected people living in low-lying areas.

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