Cyclone Gulab leaves destruction tests in Koraput, 103 villages affected, 325 houses damaged


Heavy rains accompanied by hostile winds in the aftermath of Cyclonic Storm Gulab left a trail of destruction in Koraput.

According to official sources, no less than 325 homes suffered significant damage from cyclonic activity. The Pottangi block in the neighborhood suffered the brunt of the storm.

Heavy rains under the impact of the cyclonic storm triggered landslides in 4 locations near Ralegada and the Sunki Valley in the district. In addition, the heavy downpour also triggered flash floods in the area, causing flooding of the national road and low lying areas.

The district administration relocated more than 8,300 people to different cyclone shelters and ensured food supplies throughout the day. No loss of life was reported in the district due to the preventive evacuation and rescue operation by the district administration, NDRF, ODRAF and firefighters.

Informing of the situation, Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Koraput, Deben Kumar Pradhan said, “While Potangi recorded the highest rainfall, 6 blocks in the district experienced more than 60mm of downpour. Significant damage was reported in the Pottangi block where 4 landslides were recorded in different places. About 103 villages, 2 ULBs and 2 ULB neighborhoods suffered the impact of the cyclonic storm. Of the 325 houses damaged by the impact of the cyclone, 22 are pucca and 303 are kuccha houses. A total of 27,540 people were affected by the cyclonic storm. “

“Road communication on the Semiliguda-Vishakhapatnam highway has been diverted to the Araku-Nandapur highway. In addition, commuters will have to go through Rayagada to Bhubaneswar instead of Sunki,” Pradhan added.


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