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Flood situation grim in Kalyansighpur; 70 percent areas still marooned

Bhawanipatna/Rayagada: Situation was grim today in Kalyansighpur block where 70 percent areas were cut-off from other parts of the State due to flash floods caused by rise in water levels in Nagabali and Kalayni rivers.

Total 30 villages in Kalyansighpur block were marooned due to the flash floods.

While Kumbharaguda village was washed away completely, relief materials were airdropped for flood victims in marooned Majhiguda and Kattaguda villages.

In Thuamula Rampur of Kalahandi district, total 24 panchayats were trapped in the flash floods.

Vehicular traffic was disrupted due to flow of water above the bridge on Hati river near Jungada. The woes mounted due to heavy rains accompanied by strong wind caused more damages in Thuamula Rampur block.

More areas will be inundated due to rise in water levels in Sandul river.

Total 70 families of Palasapada village have taken shelter at the Talabela panchayat office in Bhawanipatna after flash floods damaged houses and submerged the area.

Death toll in the flash floods in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts rose to two on Monday while eight others were injured as the State government stepped up relief and rescue operations in the affected areas.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who reviewed the flood situation at the state secretariat, said, “The situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi district is improving and is under control. Free kitchens have been opened in affected areas. Air dropping of relief materials has been undertaken in Rayagada.”

The reports on the death of two persons came from Kalahandi district, special relief commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said.

While one person died in a landslide, another man drowned, Sethi said, adding three persons were injured after a wall collapsed in Kalahandi district.

Similarly, five persons were injured in wall collapse incidents in Rayagada district and all of them were admitted to government hospitals, the SRC office said.

The twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have also been affected due to the incessant rainfall since Saturday.

The local administrations have been undertaking water removal jobs using pump sets in low lying areas of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, official sources said.

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