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Rescue operation intensified in flood-hit Rayagada

Bhubaneswar, July 16: Due to incessant rainfall on Saturday, flash floods occurred in river Nagabali and Kalyani of Rayagada district affecting 12 villages in Kalyansinghpur and Rayagada blocks. Three bridges were also washed away resulting in disruption of road communication due to flood. 

Flood water is flowing above the Rayagada-Andhra Pradesh road while railway bridge between Therubali and Singapur road station has been washed away.

Two ODRAF teams, fire services and CRPF have been deployed for relief and rescue operation while four helicopters of India Air Force (IAF) have been requisitioned for air dropping of food packets in the marooned areas.

Around 2,000 food packets are in readiness for air dropping. Packaging of food packets is being done at Rayagada Town Hall, a Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) communiqué said. ​The administration has opened two free kitchens at Majhihada High School and Kalyansinghpur ME School covering 1,300 beneficiaries, it added.

Rayagada district Collector has been instructed to provide seven days' emergent food assistance.

​Meanwhile, the SRC requested the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Commandant, Mundali to send 3 units of NDRF with equipment and boats to Rayagada to carry out the rescue and relief operation.

All neighboring districts of Rayagada have been instructed to provide the required manpower and material support to Rayagada district while all schools of Kalyansinghpur block will remain closed.

The students of Budaguda Ashram school are safe. Water level in Nagabali is receding as rain has stopped.

Earlier in the day Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took stock of the situation at the SRC office where SRC Bishnupada Sethi, Development Commissioner R Balkrishnanan among many senior Government officials was present.

Following the CM’s meeting two meetings were held under the chairmanship of the Development Commissioner at 1 pm and 5 pm at the State Emergency Operation Centre with the departments Secretaries to coordinate the response activities in the flash flood situation in Rayagada district.

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