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.
Mi-17 V5 detachment of Op-Triveni under Central Air Command, based at Raipur was on Sunday tasked for the rescue and relief operations in flood-affected Rayagada district of Odisha.
After holding an emergency meeting here with officials, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said due to continuous downpour the water level of Nagabali and Kalyani rivers had risen and many places of Kalyansinghpur block in Rayagada district and Kalahandi district were inundated. IAF choppers have been pressed into action both for rescue operations as well as to drop relief packages.
Earlier on Sunday, several areas in Kalahandi district were severely affected by the floods caused by heavy rains, disrupting road and rail communications.
The state government ordered closure of all schools for the next three to four days while hostels of residential and ashram schools would remain open for students staying there.
According to Kalahandi District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik, one death report has been received from Chalvadi village in Thuamul Rampur block.
Durg-Jagdalpur passenger train cancelled as railway bridge between Titlagrah-Rayagada section gets washed away in heavy rains.
ODRAF, CRPF and fire services units have rushed to the worst affected Kalyansinghpur and Rayagada block of the district to expedite relief and rescue operations.
Visual of railway bridge washed away in fierce flow of Nagavali River. The officials have been directed to make essential medicine available for the people in affected areas. The situation prompted the state government to seek the help of defence forces.
It is, therefore, not possible to move the food and other assistances for the people in affected areas.