12 feared dead, 4 miss­ing in cy­clone Titli-hit Odisha

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION -

Bhubaneswar, Oct. 13: At least 12 peo­ple were feared dead and four miss­ing in a land­slide trig­gered by heavy rain af­ter cy­clone Titli in Odisha’s Ga­jap­ati district, Spe­cial Re­lief Com­mis­sioner B P Sethi said Sat­ur­day.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred when some vil­lagers took shel­ter in a cave struc­ture fol­low­ing very heavy rain­fall Fri­day evening, he said.

“There are re­ports about death of 12 peo­ple in a land­slide caused by heavy rains in Baraghara vil­lage un­der Raya­gada block in Ga­jap­ati district. We are ver­i­fy­ing them,” Sethi said.

Four peo­ple were miss­ing and they were feared trapped un­der the de­bris, he said. The district col­lec­tor of Ga­jap­ati was asked to visit the spot to as­cer­tain the sit­u­a­tion and give a de­tailed re­port, he said.

Af­ter get­ting the re­port, fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance will be pro­vided to the af­fected peo­ple as per gov­ern­ment pro­vi­sions, Sethi said.

He said the area where the land­slide took place was re­mote and the roads to lo­ca­tion were blocked by up­rooted trees. A res­cue team, in­clud­ing per­son­nel of the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF), rushed to the area which was rav­aged by in­ces­sant rain­fall.

The cy­clone had made a land­fall on Thurs­day south­west of Gopalpur near Palasa, said an of­fi­cial. Mean­while, res­cue and re­lief op­er­a­tion gained mo­men­tum as wa­ter has started re­ced­ing in other ar­eas, of­fi­cials said.

Chief Min­is­ter Naveen Pat­naik, who was re­view­ing the sit­u­a­tion, was slated to un­der­take an aerial sur­vey of some of the af­fected ar­eas, in­clud­ing Gan­jam, Ga­jap­ati and Raya­gada dis­tricts. —PTI

ODRAF per­son­nel carry out res­cue op­er­a­tions in flood­hit Aska area of Gan­jam district, Odisha. —PTI

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