Heavy rains wreak havoc, claim 8 lives, Balangir inundated
Bhubaneswar: At least eight people were killed due to the heavy rain and floods in Odisha, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said on Tuesday.
The deaths were reported from the districts of Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput and Malkangiri, SRC Bishnupada Sethi said.
The SRC said Odisha has recorded an average rainfall of over 100 mm in the last 24 hours with Karlamunda block of Kalahandi district registering the maximum rainfall of 608 mm.
Balangir has recorded the maximum 226.3 mm rainfall, followed by Boudh (169.7 mm), Kalahandi (160.4 mm), Sonepur (139.9 mm) and Kandhamal (125 mm).
Two blocks in Kalahandi and Balangir districts have recorded over 400 mm rainfall. As many as 40 blocks in the state have registered between 100 mm and 200 mm rain.
The SRC, however, maintained that all major rivers in the state were flowing below the danger level.
While fire service personnel have been deployed in the affected districts, seven Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams were pressed into service for rescue operation in Boudh, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Kandhamal districts.
Several villages in Kantamal block of Boudh district have been marooned after water level increased in Tel and Khadang rivers. Vehicular movement between Kantamal-Manmunda and Kantamal-Baliguda has been disrupted as rainwater is flowing over the bridges.
Incessant rainfall has also affected normal life in Baliguda as a culvert at Bataguda on NH 59 got washed away by floodwater leading to disruption in communication between Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Rayagada.
There were reports of waterlogging and inundation from Balangir town and adjoining areas following heavy downpour.
Collectors of four districts including Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi and Bargarh declared closure of all schools and colleges on Tuesday.
Balangir inundated: Incessant rainfall has wrought havoc in Balangir district.
In Balangir town, schools, hospitals, residential buildings and government offices have been severely flooded by rainwater.
“Our homes are filled with water. The situation is so bad that we are not able to cook food. No relief material has been supplied yet,” said a local.
Some residents alleged that the problem of waterlogging has erupted due to construction of Laxmizor Dam.
“We had never witnessed such a situation and it is happening only because of the dam which is stopping the flow of water,” said another resident.
Police and Fire department officials have launched rescue operation.