Reported by Ranjan Rath
Rayagada, Oct 12:
The threat of flood looms large in Rayagada district following extremely heavy rainfall under the impact of cyclonic storm Hudhud that crossed the north Andhra Pradesh coast this morning.
The entire district experienced incessant rainfall since early this morning and had recorded a whopping 422.6 mm by 4 PM, according to the emergency officer.
The average wind speed in the district during the period was 20-30 kmph.
Due to heavy rainfall, the water level of Bansadhara and Nagabali was rising constantly and fast nearing the danger mark, official sources said.
Apprehending a further worsening of the flood situation in the district, the district administration has shifted 7, 196 people from the low-lying areas in Gudari, Padmapur, Gunupur, Ramanaguda, Kalodara and Rayagada blocks to 35 shelter centres.
“Keeping the heavy rainfall in the district in view, the district administration has decided to shift more people from these areas tonight and tomorrow morning,” said Rayagada collector Dr Sashibhusan Padhi.
The collector also informed that 45 personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), one unit of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 120 fire brigade personnel have already been deployed at Gunupur to meet the possible flood situation.
“This apart, the district administration has kept 2,36,161 quintals of rice, 1,16,060 litres of kerosene, 193 quintals of chuda (flattened rice) and 9 quintals of molasses in stock,” Padhi added.
When contacted, chief district medical officer (CDMO), Dr Anand Padhi said 10 special medical teams would be deployed in each block of the district to provide emergency medical services to the affected and ailing patients after the flood and cyclone subside in the district.
“Apart from this, arrangements have been made for adequate stock of medicines in 34 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) with mobile health team,s” he added.