Suryakant Jena

Heavy rainfall in south Odisha under the impact of cyclonic storm Gulab has triggered landslides at Sunki valley and Ralegada in Koraput district on Monday. The landslide along with poor visibility due to foggy condition has cut off the region hitting communication and normal lives of people. 

The heavy downpour has caused inundation in several low-lying areas of the district. Following the flow of floodwater on the Raipur-Vizianagaram National Highway 26, which passes through the valley, some people have been shifted to a nearby local cooperative society building. 

Soon after the incident, the Koraput Collector reached the landslide spot along with a team of NDRF personnel. The team launched relief and restoration operation.
Pottangi region has bore the maximum brunt of cyclone Gulab in Odisha. Landslides have been witnessed at two places. NDRF jawans, block engineering department officials and heavy machinery have been deployed to restore normalcy, said Abdal Akhtar, Koraput Collector.  

Tehsildars have been directed to immediately conduct assessment of damages to vulnerable structures, houses so that the report can be dispatched to the office of the SRC for release of compensation on a war footing, said the Collector. 

He however assured that so far no reports of any casualty have been received in the district. 

Even though Koraput as a whole did not suffer the direct impact of the cyclonic storm, some villages in Pottangi, Narayanpatna, Lamtaput and Semiliguda have experienced the effect of the cyclone which caused landfall at Santhaguda between north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts, between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur.