Bhubaneswar/Berhampur: The death toll in Cyclone Titli in Odisha rose to three on Friday after two bodies were recovered in Ganjam district, near where it made its landfall, as 14 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 26 teams of Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) were deployed across 16 districts, mainly in Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada, of the state. On the other hand, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of the state, including Balasore, Bhadrak and Dhenkanal districts, till Saturday.
One of the two bodies was that of a 40-year-old fisherman from Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh. He was reportedly missing since Wednesday from Ramayapatna under Golanthara police station limits and his body was found near the jetty of Gopalpur port. His identity has not been ascertained yet.
The other body found is that of a 45-year-old man of Bhuta Pankal village under Sorada block in Ganjam district who had been missing since the very severe cyclone struck the state Thursday. His body was found 200 feet downstream of the village.
Earlier on Thursday, the locals had found the body of an eight-year old boy, who had slipped into a canal at Saradhapur village under Hinjili police station.
Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, cyclone Titli has claimed eight lives.
Over 60 Lakh People Affected Due to Floods
In Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada, over 60 lakh people are reported to be affected by flood due to heavy rainfall triggered by the cyclone. The flood situation in all the three districts is grim as the water levels in major rivers like Rushikulya and Bansadhara have crossed their danger marks.
In Ganjam, 13 of its 22 blocks were badly hit in the cyclone and floods. Blocks like Aska, Purusottampur and Sanakhemundi were inundated by rainwater as well as water from Rusikulya river which gushed into the villages. On the other hand, the low-lying areas in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and the pilgrim town of Puri were also waterlogged due to the rain.
Train, Road Operation Affected
At least 16 trains were cancelled and several others rescheduled by East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Friday due to submergence of railway tracks. An ECoR official was quoted as saying by PTI that the water level on railway tracks in Berhampur-Palasa section is yet to recede due to continuous rains due to which train services are yet to remain affected. To facilitate the stranded passengers going southwards, a Super Fast Tatkal Special Train will be run from Bhubaneswar, Odisha to Bangalore Cantonment, Karnataka on October 15 at 07.50 AM, ECoR said.
In terms of road connectivity, traffic on Lathipada-Shergad road in Ganjam was disrupted while a bridge on Badagada Jarau river was washed away in the heavy rainfall. The swelling Mahendratanaya river submerged vast stretches of Gajapati district cutting off road communication between Andhra Pradesh and Paralakhemundi in Odisha’s Gajapati district, sources were quoted as saying in a report.
The severe cyclonic storm Titli had hit eastern India coast along with winds of up to 150 kmph and widespread rains on Thursday. Around three lakh people were evacuated from the vulnerable areas of five coastal districts of the state Wednesday, a day before the cyclone made a landfall.