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Heavy rains trigger floods in R’gada, K’handi

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Heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts on Sunday. Due to incessant rains the Nagabali and Kalyani rivers were in spate and many places of Kalyansinghpur block in Rayagada district and Kalahandi districts were inundated.

Three bridges were swept away in the floods in Kalyansinghpur. Floodwater of over eight to nine feet was flowing on the roads in many areas. The Tehsil office, Sana Brahmani and Bada Brahmani road, Kampor road were submerged. Around a hundred villages were affected in the flash floods, said Tehsildar Goura Chandra Patnaik. After the floodwater entered the ground floor of the Buguda Ashram School, the inmates took shelter on the first floor. The water levels in the rivers were expected to rise further due to continuous rains since Saturday.

The road communication between Rayagada and Bhawanipatna was affected. The Kalayanshinghpur block was cut off from other areas as floodwater was flowing on the roads. CRPF, ODRAF teams were rushed to the affected areas to rescue the marooned people.

Heavy rains also wreaked havoc in many places in Kalahandi district’s Thuamul Rampur block. Vehicular communication between Junagarh and Dharmagarh, Bhawanipatna, Nabarangpur came to a halt as water in Hati river crossed the bridge level due to incessant rains in upper catchment and release of surplus water from the reservoir. Similarly, communication between Gunupur and Thuamul Rampur was severely affected as water crossed the bridge level on Nagavali river. Several roads were washed away at different places bringing vehicular traffic to a grinding halt. Trees were uprooted at many places and several villages were inundated. Thuamul Rampur block was the worst-hit as a number of villages under the block were cut off. A person was killed due to a landslide at Chulibadi village in the district. Around 1,200 people of Dakibandel village took shelter on a nearest hill as five-feet water was flowing in the village from a nearby nullah.

Meanwhile, the State Government on Sunday urged the Centre to provide four helicopters to intensify rescue and relief operations. The situation was closely monitored by senior officials. ODRAF, CRPF and Fire Services units were rushed to expedite rescue operations, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Patnaik after reviewing the situation at an emergency meeting held at Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office said the heavy rains that lashed several parts of the State in the past 24 hours triggered flash floods in the Nagavali and Kalyani rivers.

Rayagada district received nearly 189.88 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours. Due to the flash floods in both the rivers, over 70 per cent area of Kalyansinghpur has been submerged in floodwaters while Rayagada Collector has been asked to supervise the relief and rescue operation. The choppers of the Indian Air Force (IAF) would be used to intensify rescue and relief operation in Kalyansinghpur block where people are trapped on rooftops as their houses were submerged by the flood water of both the rivers.

According to official sources, at least 14 persons who were either trapped or stranded on rooftops were rescued by teams on Sunday. “The State control room in SRC office is tracking the situation closely while Indian Army representatives and IAF helicopter is being mobilised and district Collector is in charge of the situation,” said the Chief Minister, who further informed that no effort would be spared to ensure safety of people.

Official sources said the NDRF Commandant was asked to provide three battalions and the necessary equipments. Food packets for 2,000 people were kept in the Rayagada Town Hall and the district administration was asked to provide cooked food to the people for six days.

Due to the floods, railway services have also been hit. The railway bridge between Theruvali and Singapur Road stations in Titilagarh-Rayagada Railway Section in Rayagada district was washed away.

As a result, many train services were controlled, short-terminated and cancelled. At least eight trains were controlled en route out of which four were short-terminated and two cancelled. Jagdalpur-Howrah Samaleshwari Express, Visakhapatnam-Mumbai LTT Express, Nanded-Sambalpur Nagavali Express, Vijayawada-Rayagada Passenger, Nizamuddin-Visakhapatnam Samata Express Sambalpur-Rayagada Express Sambalpur-Nanded Nagavali Express and  Raipur-Vishakhapatnam Passenger trains were cancelled, controlled or short-terminated.




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