Odisha flood situation improves, IAF helicopters drop relief materials in flood-hit areas
Bhubaneswar: Relief materials, including cooked food, reached the marooned Dongoria Kondh tribes in Niyamgiri hills area today as flood-affected Rayagada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts of Odisha were limping back to normal.
The floods have claimed the lives of four persons and above 100 animals so far.
The Dongoria Kondh, belonging to the vulnerable tribal group, continued to remain cut off from the rest of the state due to heavy flood in river Kalyan as the only bridge connecting the Niyamgiri area was washed away resulting in the people of the hills being marooned.
While dry food stuff were air dropped with the help of a Donier aircraft of the Coast Guard, cooked food was also supplied to the Dongria Kondhs inhabiting at Kalyansinghpur block in the district, according to Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi.
A chopper was pressed into service as two villages of Niyamgiri hills were cut off. Besides about 2,000 Dongoria Kondh tribes, another 2,000 people belonging to other communities also remained cut off, Sethi said, adding that steps were being taken to restore the bridge so that the people could come out of their villages.
On the flood situation in Rayagada district, the SRC said three villages continued to remain marooned even as relief materials reached in all places with the help of CRPF, ODRAF, firemen and the police besides NGO volunteers.
As many as 28,000 people in 70 villages have been affected in Rayagada district, he said.
In Kalahandi district, two persons have died in flood- related incidents while the administration evacuated 5,731 people to safe places due to flood in Hati, Tel and other small rivers.