IAF helicopters begin rescue, relief operations in flood hit districts of Odisha
Bhubaneswar: The Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 detachment of Operation-Triveni under Central Air Command, based at Raipur/Jagdalpur has been tasked for the rescue and relief operations in Odisha. There are 4 helicopters on standby awaiting weather clearance.
Due to incessant rainfall since yesterday, some regions of Rayagada district have been affected by severe floods. Flash floods occurred in river Nagabali and Kalyani of Rayagada district, badly affecting Kalyansinghpur Block.
Many villages have been marooned, with two bridges washed away, resulting in disruption of communication to the affected areas. It is, therefore, not possible to provide food and assistance to the people in the affected areas. People have taken shelter on hills and high land under the open sky.
Since the rain is continuing, there is no sign of early recession of flood water. Besides, many people have been stranded in difficult situations on hill tops. Three people are stranded on a tree top surrounded by flood water with strong current.
As it is not possible to rescue them through boat by ODRAF and fire services, the assistance of Indian Air Force is required for rescue and airdrop of relief material in the affected areas of Rayagada district. Four helicopters have been requisitioned.
State Emergency Operation Center in Special Relief Commissioner Office is tracking the situation closely. Bishnupada Sethi, IAS, Special Relief Commissioner and Commissioner-cum-Secretary to government, (Disaster Management) has written to Air Force headquarters for deployment of IAF helicopters in flood affected Rayagada district in Odisha.