Bhubaneswar: The death toll in Odisha following cyclone Titli rose to 15 on Saturday as 12 people were feared killed and four missing in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Gajapati district of Odisha. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected districts – Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada.
Following the aerial survey, he addressed the media and asserted that the relief work and restoration are underway. “I shall have a meeting this evening in Bhubaneswar after which I will announce a package for flood-affected people. Once we do a detailed research into this then we will decide how much fund to ask from Centre,” he added.
The CM also announced a monetary relief on Saturday to be paid for 15 days to people affected by Cyclone Titli and the resultant flooding in Ganjam and Gajapati districts and Gunupur sub-division of Rayagada district. “On an average a family of four will be assisted with more than Rs 3,000 as relief,” Patnaik said. Adding further, he claimed that the relief amount will be provided at the rate of Rs 60 per adult and Rs 45 per child per day for 15 days.
Meanwhile, the 12 who lost their lives in a landslide have been identified as Baraghara village residents who took shelter in a cave structure following very heavy rainfall Friday evening. The search for four feared trapped under the debris is underway.
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.
With cyclone Titli moving out of Odisha, the state government has expedited relief and rescue operations in the affected areas of Ganjam, Gajapati and other districts.
“Titli cyclone has now moved out of Odisha. Due to the cyclone and heavy rainfall, the flood-like situation has developed in some areas. The situation is improving very fast in Aska town, which submerged under water yesterday. Now, the movement is possible in the Notified Area Council (NAC) areas of Aska. We are expediting relief work in the town by using vehicles and are also providing medical help, and medical centres have also been reopened in Aska town. We are providing RO plant for safe and clean drinking water,” Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi told ANI.
Earlier, CM Patnaik had formed a three-member ministerial team to visit the flood-affected Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts and monitor the operations there. Furthermore, the state government has cancelled the Dusshera vacation of all its employees in southern and central division, including Bhubaneswar, in view of cyclone Titli and subsequent flooding in different parts of the state.
About 60 lakh people were affected in the cyclone and flood and normal life was badly hit in Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts where the flood situation remained grim as water levels in major rivers such as Rushikulya and Bansadhara crossed danger marks.
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.