BHAWANIPATNA: Rescue operations have started in Thuamul Rampur, Bhawanipatna, and Junagarh blocks of Kalahandi district that are affected by flash flood.A team of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) personnel has reached Thuamul Rampur to begin rescue work. There has been large scale damage to roads and houses in the block which is located on a hilly terrain.
So far, two deaths have been officially confirmed in Thuamul Rampur block. While one person of Chulvadi village died in landslide and five others were injured, Parama Majhi (25) of Purunaguma village was swept away in flood water of Simelpadar nulah on Sunday. Majhi’s body was recovered by ODRAF personnel on Monday. The five injured persons are undergoing treatment at the Thuamul Rampur CHC.
In Kesinga block, 150 stranded Bolbom devotees were rescued by fire fighters from Belkhandi Shiva temple premises. This 8th century temple is located on the confluence of Tel and Utei rivers.
In Bhawanipatna block, 17 persons of Karatikli village and 191 persons of Palsipada village affected by flood water of river Sagada were evacuated by ODRAF team on Sunday night. In Bhawanipatna town, 17 persons of Jorpada and 20 of Kondhpada were rescued and sheltered in a nearby school. In Junagarh block that has been marooned by river Hati, affected villagers of Kuten, Dasigaon, Labanipur and Ghantbahal were rescued to safer places. Similarly in Kalampur block, 15 marooned families of Matikhal were shifted to a safer place.
Free kitchens have been opened in all the places where rescued villagers have been put up.
In the last 24 hours, Thuamul Rampur block has received 207 mm of rainfall while it is 254 in Lanjigarh, 200 mm in Bhawanipatna, 395 in Narla, 136 mm in Kalampur and 167 mm in M Rampur. Rain had stopped by 11 am but overcast condition continued.
In Kesinga block, 150 stranded Bolbom devotees were rescued by fire fighters from the Belkhandi Shiva temple premises. This 8th century temple is located on the confluence of Tel and Utei rivers
In Bhawanipatna town, 17 persons of Jorpada and 20 of Kondhpada were evacuated and sheltered in a nearby school In Junagarh block that has been marooned by Hati river, affected villagers of Kuten, Dasigaon, Labanipur and Ghantbahal were rescued to safer places