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Army, IAF help sought to tackle floods

Army, IAF help sought to tackle floods

The state government has sought the help of army and air force as the flood situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi worsened.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rushed to control room of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) to take stock of the situation.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said the floods affected train services in the Rayagada-Titlagarh railway section as a railway bridge between Theruvali and Singapur Road Railway stations was washed away.

Noting that inclement weather persisted in the flood affected areas, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan said IAF choppers would be pressed into service when weather conditions improve to ensure safe landing.

Four IAF helicopters have been tasked for relief and rescue operations in Rayagada district. Four helicopters were requisitioned for the objective.

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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The state government sought the help of the army and the Indian Air Force to evacuate the marooned villagers. Since the rain is continuing, there is no sign of early recession of flood water.

SRC Bishnupad Sethi informed that keeping in view the met department forecast of heavy rainfall in Southern Odisha, we had already alerted administrative officials in advance. While the Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said that they are closely monitoring the situation and also trying to evacuate the stranded people. A defence official was quoted by PTI as saying that 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.

Due to incessant rainfall since yesterday, some regions of Odisha's Rayagada district have been affected by severe floods.

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

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.


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