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Cyclone Titli: Odisha expedites rescue, relief operations

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The on Friday stepped up rescue and relief operation in areas affected by deluge areas caused due to heavy rainfall under the influence of Cyclone Titli, officials said.

As many as 1,27,262 people were sheltered in 963 relief centres on Friday, while the NDRF and Disaster (ODRAF) have been deployed to speed up rescue and relief operations, (SRC) B P Sethi said.

Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Puri, Kandhamal and Kendrapara districts have been affected by floods, he said, adding has been categorised as the "worst-affected".

The calamities have, till now, claimed three lives - all in district.

"Two helicopters requisitioned from the have already reached Gopalpur. Air dropping operation in district will start from Saturday morning," the SRC said.

To pace up rescue and relief operations, formed a three-member ministerial team to visit the flood-affected Ganjam, and districts and monitor the operations there.

"Maheswar Mohanty, Water Resources and will oversee the rescue, relief and restoration activities in the three districts hit by both cyclone and flood," a communication from chief minister's office said.

Meanwhile, the cancelled the Dusshera vacation of all its employees in southern and central division, including Bhubaneswar, in view of cyclone Titli and subsequent flooding in different parts of the state.

About 60 lakh people have been affected in the twin calamities and normal life was badly hit in Ganjam, and districts, where the flood situation remained grim as water levels in major rivers such as Rushikulya and Bansadhara crossed danger marks, sources said.

Sethi said district was also affected by flood.

The decision to deploy (NDRF) and the ODRAF was taken during a high-level meeting where took stock of the situation.

In a video conference with the collectors of Ganjam, and district, Patnaik instructed them to intensify rescue and relief operations.

The stressed on quick repair of breaches in several river embankments and asked the district collectors to provide cooked to the people who were shifted to relief camps, an said.

Of the 22 blocks in Ganjam district, 13 were badly hit due to cyclone and floods. The low-lying areas in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and the pilgrim town of also remained waterlogged due to rain.

The swelling of led to submergence of vast stretches of land in Gajapati district, cutting off road communication between and Paralakhemundi in the district, sources said.

too were affected. At least 16 trains were cancelled and several rescheduled by East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Friday due to submergence of railway tracks.

at Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas said heavy to very heavy rainfall will continue to pound parts of the state, including Balasore, Bhadrak and Dhenkanal districts till Saturday.

Around three lakh people were evacuated from the vulnerable areas of five coastal districts of the state on Wednesday, a day before the cyclone made landfall.

The cyclone has "weakened into a deep depression" and triggered incessant rainfall in the state, Sethi said.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 22:40 IST
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