Bhubaneswar, August 7(LocalWire): Fire brigade personnel today afternoon rescued nearly 50 people including pregnant women who were left stranded after a stretch of road was washed away even as they were travelling in flood-affected Malkangiri district.
The stranded people, including five pregnant women and a dozen sick children were from Majhiguda and Kenduagaa villages.
They were on their way to Khairiput community health centre when the connecting road was washed away due to surge in Pongam river.
Alerted by SOS from one of the stranded villagers, the police and fire brigade personnel rushed to rescue them, Malangiri emergency officer, Pramod Behera, said.
Fire brigade personnel flanked by local police used ladders and ropes to bring the people to safety amidst strong river current.
The rescuers deserve appreciation for successfully helping the distressed people, he said.
All the villagers were later hospitalized and are safe, Behera added.
Meanwhile, the southern district has yet again come under the grip of flood today, thrice in the past fortnight, as low-pressure induced heavy rain submerged large areas.
The road connectivity stands cut off between Malkangiri-Jeypore, Malkangiri-Kalimela and Kalimela-Padia blocks.
The water of flooded Poteru and Pongam rivers is flowing above road bridges, disrupting vehicular traffic, Behera said.
Large areas are lying marooned in Kalimela, Padia and Kahiriput blocks.
The marooned people are being evacuated and are being housed in temporary shelters.
No loss of life or property has been reported so far, he said.