Odisha Floods : Government asks Army and IAF help in rescue operations

MeT department issues heavy rainfall warning for Odisha raises red alert for next 24 hours

MeT department issues heavy rainfall warning for Odisha raises red alert for next 24 hours

In the wake of the alarming rise in the water levels in various parts of the state, the Odisha government on Sunday sought the help of the Army and the Air Force to rescue the marooned people.

"As it is not possible to rescue the people through boat only by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), the assistance of the Indian Air Force is required for the rescue operation and airdrop of relief materials".

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rushed to control room of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) to take stock of the situation.

Official sources said three bridges washed away resulting disruption of road communication while train services were also badly hit as railway bridge between Therubali and Singapur Roadd station has been washed away.

The CM added that no effort would be spared to ensure the safety of people.

Odisha is staring at a major flood this monsoon after over 520 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts flooded most parts of the two districts with one person dying in a landslide.

Mr Patnaik said the government had sought the help of Army and pressed the IAF helicopter in the relief and rescue operation as large number of people need to be evacuated from their houses submerged by the flood waters.

Mi-17 V5 detachment of Op-Triveni under Central Air Command, based at Raipur was on Sunday tasked for the rescue and relief operations in flood-affected Rayagada district of Odisha.

In the neighbouring Kalahandi district's Thuamul-Rampur block, cut off from the mainstream, a panchayat samiti member's husband died in a land slide caused by the heavy rains and flood. "Hence, we have requested for deployment of four helicopters of Indian Air Force for air dropping of relief materials in the district", said Sethi.

Several areas in adjoining Kalahandi district were also severely affected by the floods caused by incessant rains, disrupting road and rail communications, they said.

Heavy rainfall also created havoc in many places in Kalahandi district. Since the rain is continuing, there is no sign of early recession of flood water.

The state government ordered closure of all schools for the next three to four days while hostels of residential and ashram schools would remain open for students staying there.

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