Cyclone Titli: 12 Killed, 4 Missing in landslide in Gajapati, Odisha

As many as 12 persons including five children lost their lives while four others went missing due to a landslide following incessant rain triggered by Cyclonic storm Titli in Barghara village under Rayagada block in Gajapati district Odisha.

The government yesterday sent a team of rescuers after local media the incident. Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said the accident spot is located at the border of Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh and Raighar block and it is inaccessible.

After carrying out an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected districts yesterday, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said he had instructed that all the affected families of Gajapati, Ganjam and Gunupur subdivision of Rayagada will be given relief for 15 days.

Speaking to media, Patnaik said: a family of four members on an average would be given an assistance of more than 3 thousand rupees over the 15 days.

The assistance will be given at the rate of 60 rupees per adult and 45 rupees per child per day for 15 days. Besides, Mr. Patnaik assured that connectivity would be restored in all cut off areas within 48 hours and electricity supply in 90 per cent of affected areas will be ensured in next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, incessant rain in the aftermath of Cyclone Titli, flood situation in the northern districts of Odisha continue to remain grim with Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts being the worst-hit.

The people in the low-lying areas of the districts are still stranded and remain cut-off. In Balasore district, Daudibhanga village is submerged under floodwater from Budhabalanga River.

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