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

Odisha Floods : Government asks Army and IAF help in rescue operations
Written by Pallavi Parmar

The Odisha government on Sunday asked the help of the army and the air force personnel to rescue the marooned persons and urged the Centre to provide four helicopters for the rescue operations. The Odisha state is triggering with a flash flood and heavy rains in many parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts. The chief minister Naveen Patnaik said after holding an emergency meeting with officials that due to continues downpour the water level of the Nagabali and Kalyani rivers has just risen and many places of Kalyansinghpur block in Rayagada district and Kalahandi district were overwhelmed

The state government sought the help of the army and the Indian Air Force to evacuate the marooned villagers and IAF choppers were used in Kalyansinghpur block, where people are trapped on rooftops of submerged houses. The CM of Odisha said that the situation is being closely monitored by senior officials and the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force and fire services units have been rushed to expedite rescue operations. 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,”.

The Meteorological Department of Bhubaneswar Director Sarat Sahu said that the low pressure is had formed over north-west Bay of Bengal off north Odisha. While the Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said that they are closely monitoring the situation and also trying to evacuate the stranded people. The several areas have been cut off, several bridges including a railway overbridge were washed away in the floods and people have taken shelter on rooftops in the two districts.

 

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