Bhubaneswar, August 13 (LocalWire) At least eight people were killed in rains and flood related incidents in last fortnight in Odisha while situation continued to remain grim on Tuesday as torrential rains continued to lash several places.
Normal life has been thrown out of gear in five districts in western and southern parts of the State with heavy rain and the flooding of the major rivers since past 24 hours affecting the vehicular traffic and train services in these pockets.
The current spell of rain and flood has so far claimed eight human lives since past fortnight with reports of two persons washed away in floodwaters, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said.
His office said heavy rain has triggered flood situation in Kalahandi, Boudh, Bolangir, Subranapur and Kandhamal districts.
The western Odisha town of Bolangir has come under vast sheet of water with heavy rain lashing the municipality since yesterday night leading to the water-logging.
The low-lying areas of the town are lying inundated with storm water making its way into houses.
The road communications stands cut off at various places in the affected districts while train services being suspended in Doegan-Bargad road in Titilagarh section of Sambalpur rail division with floodwater flowing above the rail tracks.
All the major rivers including those in the five affected districts are flowing above the danger level.
The administrative authorities in the flood and rain-hit districts have geared up disaster control machinery to evacuate the people in the marooned and water-logged pockets, they said.
The prevailing flood situation has been due to the heavy rains that lashed these districts since last 24 hours. While the State recorded average rainfall of 66 mm, two blocks in Kalahandi and Bolangir district registered 400 mm rainfall.
Four other blocks of both these districts also witnessed heavy rains varying from 300 to 400 mm. The highest 608 mm rainfall was recorded at Karlamunda in Kalahandi district.
Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams have rushed to the rain-hit village to bring the marooned people to safety of shelter houses.
A report reaching here said Mohangiri Gram panchayat of Madanpur Rampur block in Kalahandi district has come under watery submergence as flood water from Kaliganga river entered into the village.
The marooned people have been evacuated to safer spots.
Similarly Tejipada and Deulipada village in the district are badly hit by flood and torrential rain. Medical teams were deployed at the flood shelters to extend emergency medical aid to them. Reports from other flood affected places are still awaited, Sethi told media persons here today.
Fire service team units and 7 units of ODRAF teams are deployed in Boudh, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada & Kandhamal districts to expedite the rescue and relief work, he said.
Due to incessant rainfall, the road diversions near NH 59 near Baliguda (Bataguda) & Tumudibandh (Mandalpadar) connecting Kalahandi were washed away. ODRAF team besides field level functionaries have been deployed at Landagaon & Khamankhol GP (Baliguda) with food stocks to assist the affected people.
At least 6 villages in Tarabha and Kantamal blocks of Subarnapur and Boudh districts are rendered marooned with floodwater submerging the villages. Rescuers are on the job to bring the people to safer spots.