Red alert in state after heavy rain, Low pressure over Bay of Bengal likely to turn into depression next 24hrs


Bhubaneswar: A red alert has been sounded in Odisha for the next 24 hours after the extremely heavy rainfall led to floods in the state.

Bhubaneswar Meteorological Department (IMD) Director Sarat Sahu on Monday predicted that the low pressure area which was formed over northwest Bay of Bengal near Odisha may soon intensify into depression.

According to the prediction, the low pressure will turn into depression in next 24 hours, causing heavy rain in several parts of the State. Heavy rainfall is likely in next few days in southern and coastal Odisha.

Cautionary Signal-III has been hoisted at all 3 ports in the state. Fishermen are also advised not to venture into the sea.

Swollen Nagavali and Kalyani rivers have inundated several parts of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts and claimed one life.

On Sunday, the state government sought the help of the army and the air force to rescue the stranded and requested the Centre to provide four helicopters to intensify relief and rescue operations.

Four IAF helicopters have been tasked for relief and rescue operations in Rayagada district.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said while the situation is being closely monitored by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force and fire services units have been rushed for rescue operations.

Major roads were damaged and several bridges, including a railway overbridge, were washed away in the floods.

Free kitchens have been set up in the affected areas and schools have been closed in Kalyansinghpur block of the badly-hit Rayagada district.

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