Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 16:
One person was killed and another went missing in Koraput district as heavy rains induced by a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal triggered floods in many parts of south Odisha disrupting communication links and throwing normal life completely out of gear.
With a rainfall of 1816 mm in the last 24 hours, Koraput district is the worst affected by floods. The district headquarters town of Koraput received the maximum of 205 mm rainfall during this period, official sources said.
District emergency officer Santosh Satpathy revealed that a person identified as Shiva Shankar Sahu was swept away to death by floods while crossing a bridge on the road between Semliguda to Petakana.
Another person named Rabindra Mallick, who had gone fishing in the Kolab reservoir, has gone missing, Satpathy said.
Connectivity between Semeliguda to Nandapur and from there to Padua in the district remained severed as rainwater flowed over culverts on roads connecting these places.
The emergency officer said officials of the district administration have rushed to the affected areas and cooked food will be provided to the affected wherever required.
Early this morning, rain water mixed with water from the drain entered the labour room of the sub divisional hospital at Jeypore spreading a scare among the patients.
Reports said the labour room had knee-deep water inside it while there were four patients in it. These patients have been shifted to other rooms in the hospital and its staff were seen cleaning it.
Heavy rains have continued to batter Kalahandi district since Tuesday night, triggering a flood situation in the district.
Flood water as high as five feet is flowing above the bridge on river Hati near Junagadh on the National Highway 26, considered the lifeline of Kalahandi district.
Flood waters have inundated several villages in Koksara, Dharamgarh and Junagadh blocks of the district while acres of farm land remain under water in these blocks.
With Rajamund dam being swept away, 500 acres of farm land have been inundated while floods have entered homes in Talagaon and Kantharpada.
Flood affected people have been shifted to school buildings for safety. Similarly, with flood water flowing in the Haler nullah between Dharmagarh and Junagadh, road connectivity between these places remains severed.
Besides, road connectivity between Junagadh and Koksara has been cut off with floods in Munda river near Chilaguda.
Five villages of Biripur, Matikhala, Dampada, Balichada and Karmeli under Kalampur block remain water-logged. Fire brigade personnel are rescuing villagers trapped in their houses in these villages. At least 2,000 people have taken shelter at the Kalampur school building.
Similarly, incessant rains have caused floods in some places in southern Odisha.
Small and large rivers, including the Vanshadhara, are in spate. Vansadhara is flowing above the danger level at Kashinagar in Gajapati district.
While river Vanshadhara’s danger level at Kashinagar is 53.6 metre, it was flowing at 54 metres today morning, according to reports.
In Nabarangpur district, flood water was flowing three feet above the bridge at Dabugan in Umarkote area affecting traffic movement on the Umarkote-Jeypore road.
Connectivity also remains severed between Umarkote and Raighar as flood water is flowing over the bridge at Parua.