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Kalyansinghpur flash floods: IAF agrees to provide four choppers to Odisha


Bhubaneswar: Indian Air Force (IAF) agreed to provide four choppers to Odisha to intensify rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Kalyansinghpur block in tribal district Rayagada.

The approval came after Odisha government sought help from Indian Air Force to evacuate marooned villagers.

The choppers will be used for rescue operations in Kalyansinghpur block where people are trapped on rooftops of submerged houses after the heavy rainfall triggered flash floods in the district.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the flood situations convening an emergency meeting at office of Special Relief Commissioner.

He said that the government is monitoring the situation.

The ODRAF, Fire services and CRPF teams have been rushed to expedite rescue operations in the area, he told media after meeting.

Taking to Twitter, he said, “With prompt response we have been able to rescue most people affected by flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers in Raygada district.”

Several bridges, including a railway overbridge between Theruvali and Singapur in Rayagada-Titlagarh railway section, were washed away in the floods caused by incessant rains in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts.
Besides, major roads were damaged by floodwaters.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. 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 Bishnupada Sethi.

Bhubaneswar Meteorological Department Director Sarat Sahu said a low pressure area had formed over northwest Bay of Bengal off north Odisha.

The system is likely to further intensify into depression, causing heavy rain in several parts of the state, he added.