Two Bridges Washed Away In Rayagada, Naveen Seeks 4 Choppers From Centre

MeT department issues heavy rainfall warning for Odisha raises red alert for next 24 hours

Four helicopters were requisitioned for the goal.

At least 14 persons who were either trapped or stranded on rooftops were rescued by Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and local people. Srikakulam collector KDhanunjaya Reddy said, "I have also alerted the people, particularly residents along River Nagava li in Srikakulam town".

As such numerous low laying areas along Nagavali River in Andhra Pradesh have been inundated and the road traffic between Odisha and AP is said to have affected with flood waters breaching interstate highway near Kuneru.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik convened an emergency meeting at Special Relief Commissioner's office to review the flash flood situation in Rayagada district that has been the worst hit in the disaster.

The district has within the last 24 hours received almost 190mm of rainfall and around 80 percent areas of Kalyansinghpur remain submerged in deep water.

A total of 300 people were taken to safety from Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts till Monday morning. Swollen Nagavali and Kalyani rivers have inundated several parts of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts. A person died in landslide in Chullibadi village in Kalahandi district. In the district, four bridges were washed away and the Therubali-Singipur railway bridge was completely damaged in the flood.

Bhubaneswar meteorological department director Sarat Sahu said a low pressure area had formed over northwest Bay of Bengal off north Odisha which will cause heavy rains.

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

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.

Notably, road communication between Rayagada and Bhawanipatna has been disrupted as flood water is now flowing on the major road in the area which is now completely cut-off. Heavy rains have been lashing several parts of Telangana including Hyderabad city since Sunday affecting normal life.

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