As heavy rains lashed several parts of Odisha, flash floods have wreaked havoc in Rayagada district. The state government has called in the Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) to carry out relief and rescue operations. Four IAF choppers have already been deployed for relief and rescue operations in the affected district. The flash floods occurred as the water levels rose in the Nagavalli and the Kalyani rivers. The overflowing rivers inundated vast areas and caused extensive damage to infrastructure. Bridges have been torn apart and road and railway connectivity has been snapped due to the flash floods.
The IAF was called since it is not possible to rescue people by boat. The helicopters will also be used to drop relief material to help people stuck in the flood waters. Many areas in the neighboring Kalahandi district have also been affected by floods that have been caused by incessant rains. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has reviewed the situation and has held a meeting to chart out the strategy to provide relief to affected people. A large number of people are stuck on top of their rooftops and these people will be rescued by the IAF helicopters.