Floods in Southern Odisha, India

21st July 2017

The state of Odisha has been witnessing heavy to very heavy rains since 16 July 2017. These heavy rains have triggered flash floods in parts of Rayagada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts of the state of Odisha in India. Swollen rivers have become a cause for concern in the state. While the Thuamul-Rampur area of Kalahandi received 260 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours, the Kashipur block of Rayagada recorded 237 mm rainfall during the same period, causing flash floods in the Nagabali and Kalyan rivers. The Nagavali and the Kalyani rivers have risen, due to which many areas in Kalahandi and Rayagada were inundated. In Kalahandi, the water level in the river Hati is rising. The flood has claimed the lives of 4 persons and above 100 animals so far.  As many as 28,000 people in 70 villages have been affected in the Rayagada district. In addition, in the Kalahandi district, the administration evacuated 5,731 people to safe places due to flood in Hati, Tel and other small rivers.

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