Odisha seeks army, IAF help in flooded areas

Odisha seeks army, IAF help in flooded areas

Odisha seeks army, IAF help in flooded areas

Mi-17 V5 detachment of Op-Triveni under Central Air Command, based at Raipur was on Sunday tasked for the rescue and relief operations in flood-affected Rayagada district of Odisha.

4 helicopters of Indian Air Force have been reached today. The state government has called in the Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) to carry out relief and rescue operations. Apart from this, cooked food has been provided to 1,300 affected people, the SRC office stated adding that the Rayagada Collector has been directed to provide cooked food for next seven days to the flood-victims.

Heavy rains swelled two major rivers causing flash floods in Odisha's Rayagada district, prompting the state government to seek the help of defence forces, as four IAF choppers were pressed into service for relief and rescue operations, government officials said on 16 July.

Flooding in various areas of Odisha: Visuals from Kalahandi.

Free kitchens have been set up in the affected areas and schools have been closed in Kalyansinghpur block of the badly-hit Rayagada district, Sethi said. We are trying to evacuate the stranded people as several areas have been cut off and people have taken shelter on rooftops, " said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi.

According to East Coast Railway, the flash floods affected train services in the Rayagada-Titilagarh railway section as Railway bridge No 585 between Therubali and Singapur Road railway stations was washed away.

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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.

Balakrishnan said, as soon as the weather conditions are suitable for choppers to land, the relief operations will start.

Sources said water level of Nagavali river which caused havoc in the district after incessant rainfall is declining gradually.

As a result of the floods, dozen trains were cancelled while another ten were either diverted or short-terminated.

Stating that restoration work is in progress on a war footing, he said senior officials went to the site and relief materials were sent. Control rooms have been opened at Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Khurda Road and Vishakhapatnam under the direction of GM Umesh Singh.

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