Heavy rain batters parts of Odisha

One of the derailed wagons submerged in floodwaters.

One of the derailed wagons submerged in floodwaters.  

Flood-like situation in some areas, train services hit in southern region: officials

Heavy downpour triggered by a deep depression, which crossed the Odisha coast, battered several parts of the State on Wednesday creating a flood-like situation and disrupting train services in the southern region, the officials said.

Special Relief Commissioner B.P. Sethi said torrential rain submerged vast areas in Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Gajapati and Ganjam districts. These districts received more than 100 mm of average rainfall since Tuesday, he said.

“Incessant rain has created flood-like situation in some areas and the government is keeping a close watch. The administration is on a high alert,” Mr. Sethi said.

Malkangiri and Rayagada districts are facing a flood-like situation, officials said. Rain has snapped the road link between Malkangiri town and Jeypore and hit road connectivity in Balimela, Kalimela, Motu and Padia, they said.

More rain likely

The Met department said the deep depression over north-west Bay of Bengal moved north-north westwards and crossed north Odisha-West Bengal coasts, close to north of Balasore on Wednesday afternoon. Moderate rain or thundershowers occurred in most places in Odisha and heavy to very heavy rain was received in some areas in the southern region. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely till August 9, it said.

As many as 21 shelter centres and relief camps have been set up in Malkangiri and people are being evacuated, District Collector Manish Agarwal said.

The water level of the Sileru, Saberi and Saptadhara rivers in the Malkangiri district and the Vansadhara river in the Rayagada district was rising. All schools in Malkangiri were closed on Wednesday, Mr. Agarwal said.

As the downpour washed away soil and ballast below the tracks between Dolkalu and Ambadola stations in Rayagada-Titlagarh section, at least six trains were cancelled, eight diverted and half-a-dozen partially cancelled on Wednesday, an East Coast Railway spokesman said.

Three loaded wagons of a goods train were derailed and got submerged in floodwaters, and rail traffic between Rayagada and Titlagarh was disrupted, said ECoR sources. Cranes from Kantabajhi and Visakhapatanam are being used to salvage the wagons.

Two track patrolmen — S. Naidu and M. Ramana — who sounded the alert will be awarded, the spokesperson said.

In Kandhamal district, life came to a grinding halt, particularly in the hilly areas of Daringbadi, Tumudibandha and Kotagarh blocks under the Balliguda sub-division, an official said.

Road links between Phulbani, Boudh, Kalahandi and Rayagada were snapped as several low level bridges and culverts were washed away, he said.

(With inputs from Staff Reporter in Berhampur)

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