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In photos: Odisha becomes the latest state to fall victim to flooding

Sehar Qazi | Updated on: 18 July 2017, 13:05 IST
A flood victim coming out of her house in Kalyansingpur village in Rayagada district, Odisha on Monday. (PTI)

After heavy flooding in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, Odisha is the latest state to fall victim to heavy rains and the destruction that entails. The Nagavalli and  Kalyani rivers have swelled, leaving parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts inundated, and causing extensive damage to road and rail connectivity in several places. A major road link between Rayagada and Bhawanipatna has snapped as flood water has submerged major roads. As many as 11 trains have also been cancelled, with many others diverted to alternate routes. 

The human impact has also been significant. Around 300 people who were stranded in flood water have been rescued by the special relief forces, with the state also calling on the defence forces for help. IAF choppers have been pressed into action both for rescue operations as well as to drop relief packages. Landslides resulting from the rain have injured several people in Thuamul Rampur. Schools in the affected areas have been shut for three days now. 

Even as relief operations continue, the state is now keeping a close watch on the health situation, with outbreaks of disease an expected outcome of the current calamity. 

Damaged railway bridge over river Nagabali in Rayagada district on Sunday. (PTI)
In Rayagada, four road bridges were washed away, while in Kalahandi, Hati river was flowing over the bridge connecting Junagad and Bhawanipatna. (PTI)
Volunteers checking the water level of river Nagabali during flash flood in Rayagada district, Odisha. Emergency medicine stock including anti-snake venom have been stored in community health centres of the district. (PTI)
Railway tracks covered with flood water at Narla Road railway station.A major rail mishap was averted after heavy rains washed away a rail bridge in Rayagada-Titlagarh section on Sunday just minutes before a goods train was about to pass over it. (PTI)
Four Mi-17 V5 helicopters of IAF have been tasked for the relief and rescue operations. (PTI)
First published: 17 July 2017, 16:02 IST