Flash floods in Andhra as Nagavali, Kalyani rivers breach their banks

Flooded roads due to heavy rains at Sangareddy district Telangana

Heavy rainfall for the past three days in neighbouring Odisha has resulted in flash floods in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The floods severely affected train services in the Rayagada-Titlagarh railway section as a railway bridge between Theruvali and Singapur Road Railway stations was washed away.

Two Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams, fire services personnel and CRPF jawans were engaged relief and rescue operation. "Defence choppers are carrying out sorties in full swing for locating distress zones, rescuing affected people and air dropping supplies in affected areas", Patnaik said on Facebook.

Heavy rain in Odisha triggered flash floods in parts of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts.

"There are flash floods in Kalyansinghpur of Rayagada caused by the rivers Nagavalli and Kalyani", Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said after reviewing the flood situation at an emergency meeting held at the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

SRC Bishnupad Sethi informed that keeping in view the Met department forecast of heavy rainfall in southern Odisha, the government had already alerted administrative officials of all the flood-prone districts. The district administration has also started serving cooked food to the people taking shelter in schools. Swollen Nagavali and Kalyani rivers have inundated several parts of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts.

According to Kalahandi District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik, one death report has been received from Chalvadi village in Thuamul Rampur block. In the district, four bridges were washed away and the Therubali-Singipur railway bridge was completely damaged in the flood. Since the rain is continuing, there is no sign of early recession of flood water. The IMD said that the monsoon has become active due to presence of low pressure over the northwest Bay of Bengal.

Two free kitchens have been opened at Majhihada High School and Kalyansinghpur ME School covering 1300 beneficiaries. Widespread heavy rain is likely to take place across the State from Sunday to Tuesday.

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