IAF keeps four Mi-17s ready for rescue operations in Odisha

Red Alert In Odisha After Heavy Rain, IAF Choppers Pressed Into Action

Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) and Deputy Inspector General of Police of southern division were also asked to monitor the situation closely.

Helicopters would be used for rescuing a large number of people trapped on rooftops as their houses had been submerged by flood water, besides dropping food packets and relief materials, said an official.

Earlier in the day, a railway bridge was washed away in the fierce flow of Nagavali River following heavy rainfall in Odisha's Rayagada. Several people marooned, communication hit as area remains cut-off.

With heavy rains triggering flash floods in parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, the Odisha Government on Sunday sought the help of the army and the air force to rescue the marooned persons and urged the Centre to provide four helicopters to intensify relief and rescue operations. Authorities are engaged in rescue and relief operations since Sunday.




A total of 300 people were taken to safety from Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts till Monday morning. In fact, reports of floodwater entering four other residential schools for tribals in Kalyansinghpur block were received by Rayagada district administration.

A road link between Rayagada and Bhawanipatna has been snapped as flood water is flowing on a major road. A person died in landslide in Chullibadi village in Kalahandi district.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said the flash floods have affected train services in the Rayagada-Titlagarh railway section as Railway bridge No 585 between Theruvali and Singapur Road Railway stations was washed away. The IMD said that the monsoon has become active due to presence of low pressure over the northwest Bay of Bengal.

The chief minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted "With the prompt response we have been able to rescue most people affected by flash floods in Nagabali and Kalyani rivers in Rayagada district,".

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