Titli claims 21 lives in Odisha, CM Naveen con­doles deaths

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - @times­group.com

Bhubaneswar: Af­ter un­ver­i­fied re­ports sug­gested that 21 peo­ple have died in Odisha in the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Titli, chief min­is­ter Naveen Pat­naik on Satur­day of­fered con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of those who lost their lives. Though the state gov­ern­ment is strug­gling to ver­ify the num­ber of deaths, most of the ca­su­al­ties have re­port­edly hap­pened in a land­slide, trig­gered by the cy­clone, at a vil­lage in Ga­jap­ati dis­trict.

In a tweet, Naveen said, “The tragic in­ci­dent of land­slide in Ga­jap­ati has been most un­for­tu­nate. I ex­tend my deep­est con­do­lences to the be­reaved fam­i­lies.”

On the other hand, spe­cial re­lief com­mis­sioner Bish­nu­pada Sethi said, “We have asked the dis­trict col­lec­tor of Ga­jap­ati to visit the vil­lage and ver­ify the re­ported deaths. We are wait­ing for a de­tailed re­port.”

Ear­lier, there were re­ports that more than 20 peo­ple from Baraghara vil­lage of Ga­jap­ati had taken shel­ter in a cave dur­ing Fri­day’s heavy down­pour. Out of the 20, 16 were re­port­edly trapped in the land­slide. Prior to this, the gov­ern­ment had been main­tain­ing that there were no ca­su­al­ties ei­ther dur­ing or af­ter the cy­clone, which hit the state on Thurs­day morn­ing. Sethi said of­fi­cials were tak­ing long to ver­ify the deaths be­cause road con­nec­tiv­ity to the vil­lage, which lies in a hilly re­gion, was snapped af­ter many trees got up­rooted and fell on roads.

Dur­ing the day, the CM made an ae­rial sur­vey of the af­fected ar­eas in Gan­jam, Ga­jap­ati and Raya­gada districts and an­nounced dis­tri­bu­tion of re­lief there for the next 15 days. A gov­ern­ment re­port said more than 45 lakh peo­ple in 11 districts were af­fected.

WREAK­ING HAVOC

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