India – Villages Isolated After Major Flooding in Odisha

Disaster officials in the Indian state of Odisha said that flash floods occurred in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts after heavy rainfall on 15 July. Local media report that at least one person died in the flooding.

The Special Relief Commissioner said that the Nagavali and Kalyani rivers in Rayagada district both overflowed, inundating wide areas, causing extensive damage to bridges and disrupting road and railway connectivity.

At least 5 bridges were damaged. Flooding affected a total of 12 villages, 3 of which – Jilinda, Budagoda, Majhiguda – remain isolated. Naval helicopters have been used to air drop food and other supplies in affected areas.

Media reports say that levels of the Nagabali / Nagavalli and Kalyani rivers increased at an alarming rate. According to India’s Central Water Commission, levels have since returned to normal, although another river, the Vamsadhara at Kashinagar, Gajapati district, is very close to the danger mark at 54.51 metres, (danger level is 54.6).

Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), Fire Services, and India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed for relief and rescue operation. The Special Relief Commissioner said that around 20 people have been rescued after seeking refuge on roof tops and in trees.

Floods in Odisha, India, 15 to 16 July 2017. Photo: Special Relief Commissioner Odisha
Floods in Odisha, India, 15 to 16 July 2017. Photo: Special Relief Commissioner Odisha

Rainfall

Figures for a 24 hour period from 15 to 16 July according to a report form Odisha Special Relief Commissioner.

  • Kolnara – 51.4 mm
  • K.Singhpur – 189.8 mm
  • Kashipur – 237.0 mm
  • Gunupur – 89.0 mm
  • Padampur – 103.0 mm
  • Ramna Guda – 97.3 mm
  • Bissam Cuttack – 72.8 mm

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Flood Summary

Last updated: July 19, 2017
Event
Odisha, India, July 2017
Date
July 15, 2017
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Rayagada
B - Kalahandi

Magnitude

Rainfall level
237 mm in 24 hours
Kashipur - July 15 to July 16, 2017
Rainfall level
103 mm in 24 hours
Padampur - July 15 to July 16, 2017
Rainfall level
72.8 mm in 24 hours
Bissam Cuttack - July 15 to July 16, 2017
K.Singhpur – 189.8 mm
Rainfall level
97.3 mm in 24 hours
Ramna Guda - July 15 to July 16, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Nagavali river, Rayagada - July 16 to July 17, 2017

Damages

Rescued
20 people
July 15 to July 17, 2017
Bridges
5 bridges damaged
July 15 to July 17, 2017
Fatalities
2 people
July 15 to July 18, 2017
Affected
40,000
July 15 to July 18, 2017
As of 18 July, 28,000 people in 50 villages under Rayagada Block and 20 villages under Kalyansinghpur Block had been affected.