Flash floods wreak havoc in Odisha

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

Heavy rainfall in the state was followed by flood fury with several places including Kalahandi districts being inundated causing that extensive damage to bridges, and snapping road and railway connectivity in several areas. "Indian Army representatives and Indian Air Force helicopters are being mobilised", said Mr. Patnaik.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said while the situation is being closely monitored by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force and fire services units have been rushed for rescue operations.

Health Minister Pratap Jena held a review meeting with officials and directed them to ensure the flood-affected people were taken care of.

The situation is unlikely to improve in the next 24 hours with the IMD forecasting continuous rainfall in the region.

The floods have resulted in the inundation of NH 16 at Komarada in Vizianagaram district, and railway bridge No. 588 between Singapuram Road-Therubali railway stations. A person died in landslide in Chullibadi village in Kalahandi district.

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

The Meteorological Department of Bhubaneswar Director Sarat Sahu said that the low pressure is had formed over north-west Bay of Bengal off north Odisha.

Train services have been disrupted along the Rayagada-Titlagarh section in the eastern coast of Odisha.

As the situation remained critical in Ragayada, Special relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said that all neighboring districts of Rayagada have been instructed to provide the required manpower and material support to the district.

"The government has started air-dropping of food packets for the marooned people at Majhiguda, Kumbharguda, Brahmana Sahi, Kumbharsahi and Sai Nagar in Rayagada district", an official said, adding the district administration had also started serving cooked food to the people taken shelter in schools.

Two free kitchens have been opened at Majhihada High School and Kalyansinghpur ME School covering 1300 beneficiaries. Heavy rains have been lashing several parts of Telangana including Hyderabad city since Sunday affecting normal life.

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