Bhubaneswar: The death toll in Odisha rose to 24 on Sunday after cyclone Titli, followed by heavy rains, floods and landslide, hit several districts. As per reports, the flood situation in the state has improved marginally. Meanwhile, the cyclone has now weakened into ‘deep depression’. However, several districts still continue to receive heavy rains.
Earlier on Saturday, a landslide at Barghar area in Gajapati, around 50 km from the district headquarters town of Paralakhemundi was reported. While, 13 bodies were found Saturday night, two more bodies were pulled out of the rubble Sunday morning hence, taking the total death toll due to cyclone Titli to 24.
The Special Relief Commissioner on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those who lost their lives due to landslide in Odisha’s Mahendragiri hills. Meanwhile, the electricity restoration work in near completion in Ganjan district, one of the worst-affected districts in the state. “We have received reports that landslide in Mahendragiri hills claimed 15 lives. We will sanction Rs 4 lakh for kin of deceased after we get report from the district officer,” Bishnupada Sethi told ANI.
Odisha has been receiving heavy rains since last three days since cyclone Titli made its landfall in Gopalpur in the southwestern part of the state.
The situation has reportedly improved in Ganjam and Gajapati districts, with water receding from low-lying areas and roads being cleared of tree trunks and electric poles.
In Ganjam, vast stretches of the two towns of Aska and Proshuttampur were submerged in rain water over the past two days. The relief team had to air drop food packets for the stranded people in these areas. Meanwhile, as the weather condition is improving and people are returning to their homes, food packets will not be provided in the relief camps in these districts anymore, an official said.
Furthermore, the administration, to carry out the restoration work in Gajapati, will dispatch three additional ODRAF and two NDRF teams. On the other hand, villages are still reeling under flood-like situation in Mayurbhanj district. 14 villages in Badasahi block on Mayurbhanj are affected by the overflowing water from Budhabalanga and Gangahara rivers. The road communication between Basta and Baliapal also continues to remain disrupted with Jalaka river still flowing above the danger mark
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts and announced a 15-day monetary relief package for affected people. He also added that a family of four, which has been affected by cyclone Titli and subsequent flood, will be assisted with around Rs 3,000 as relief.