Raging Nagavali triggers floods in Vizianagaram

After heavy rains overnight, red alert sounded in Odisha: IAF choppers have been pressed into action

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

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

Helicopters would be used for rescuing a large number of people trapped on rooftops as their houses had been submerged by flood water, besides dropping food packets and relief materials, said an official. IAF choppers have been pressed into action both for rescue operations as well as to drop relief packages.

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.

"No flood-like situation is prevalent in River Vamsadhara, but if rains continue, there are chances of floods in Vamsadhara areas too".

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today has requested the Centre to provide four helicopters to intensify rescue and relief operations in Kalyansinghpur in Rayagada district where due to flash floods in Nagavali and Kalyani rivers two bridges have been washed away and several parts inundated in deep water. Kalahandi District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik said one person from Thuamul Rampur block has died.

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ODRAF, CRPF and fire services units have rushed to the worst affected Kalyansinghpur and Rayagada block of the district to expedite relief and rescue operations.

A report from Koraput said incessant rains for the past three days have also triggered a flood like situation in many plain areas in Koraput district as major rivers are in spate.

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.

It is, therefore, not possible to move the food and other assistances for the people in affected areas. The State Government has already directed the districts to remain alert.

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