Flood Situation Critical In Southern Odisha

**Bhubaneswar: ** Low pressure area over Bay of Bengal caused heavy rains across Odisha on Sunday. As predicted before, heavy to very heavy rains triggered flood like situation in several coastal districts in the state, especially in Raygada, Koraput and Kalahandi Districts.

Several bridges, including a railway overbridge, were washed away in the floods caused by incessant rains in the two districts. Besides, major roads were damaged by floodwaters.

Connectivity from Bhawanipatna to Nabarangpur and Koraput was severely disrupted as flood water continued to flow about 1ft over bridge at Junagarh.

Meanwhile, Samaleshwari Express reportedly stranded in Rayagada as Singapur-Therubali rail track was washed away.

To assess the situation, a high level meeting was held here at the Bhubaneswar State Relief Commissioner’s office. In the meeting, presided over by State Development Commissioner R Balakrishna, Secretaries of different departments of the State Government chalked out plans to counter any unwanted situation.

Along with this, collectors of the concerned districts were instructed to keep a close eye on the situation.

The emergency meeting was held after heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts. To control the situation, teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and , Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and fire services units along with four IAF choppers have been in deployed in Kalyansinghpur block of Raygada which was greatly affected by flash floods.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. We are trying to evacuate the stranded people as several areas have been cut off and people have taken shelter on rooftops,” said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.

Bhubaneswar Meteorological Department Director Sarat Sahu said a low pressure area had formed over northwest Bay of Bengal off north Odisha.

The system is likely to further intensify into depression, causing heavy rain in several parts of the state, he added.