After diverting its path from Andhra Pradesh to Odisha, Cyclone Titli is causing massive destruction in the state and the death toll has increased to 24 people by the landslide and other flood causing situations. However, due to the weakening of Cyclone Titli, the relief operations are going on with much faster pace.
The Southwestern part of Odisha is going through the heavy rainfall over the last three days followed by the landslides in many parts of the state.
On Friday, Fifteen people were killed due to the landslide in Barghar area, near town Paralakhemundi. Besides, four people were killed in Ganjam district with three and two others in Khandamal and Gajapati respectively.
However, today morning brings relief to the people as flood conditions have improved thus making it easier to carry out the relief works easier. BP Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) spoke about the improved conditions of many districts.
Sethi said, “Marginally improved in Ganjam and Gajapati districts, with water receding from low-lying areas and roads being cleared of tree trunks and electric poles. Electricity supply has been restored in many places in Ganjam, one of the worst affected districts in the state”.
He added, “In Gajapati, too, the Odisha Forest Development Corporation (OFDC) personnel have been pressed into service to clear roads by removing the uprooted trees”.
The heavy cyclone in Odisha made the standing crops to lay down in the affected areas and assistance will be provided to the farmers as said by the Sethi.
Food packets were dropped from the air to the stranded people of Aska and Proshuttampur and the state government has announced Rs 4 Lakh as the ex-gratia to the families of the killed people.
Sethi said, “The water from overflowing Budhabalanga and Gangahara rivers has gushed into 14 villages in Bedasahi Block on Mayurbhanj. Road Communication between Basta and Baliapal too continues to remain disrupted with Jalaka river still flowing above the danger mark”.