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Oppn parties criticise Odisha govt for "failing" to tackle calamities, CM says 'they can do so'

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The opposition can criticise the government, but the is busy in relief and rescue operations following Cyclone Titli and the resultant floods, Odisha Chief Mister Patnaik said on Saturday in response to allegation that the BJD dispensation "failed" to tackle the calamities.

The Opposition parties alleged that despite (IMD) forecast on October 9 about the cyclone and the subsequent floods, the "failed" to tackle the situation.

"If the Opposition wants to criticise, they can do so. We are busy in relief and rehabilitation work in cyclone and flood-hit areas," Patnaik told reporters when asked about the opposition attack on the

Claiming that the disaster was the "biggest single calamity" after the super cyclone of 1999, Patnaik said this time the wind velocity was more than 160 km per hour.

The ruling in a statement said the wind velocity was at 165 km/hour and was a very severe cyclonic storm.

"What it (cyclone) could have caused and what it caused is before the people to It is very unfortunate that some political parties don't want to give credit to those volunteers, government employees and people's representatives who have worked day and night to evacuate more than three lakh people," said.

Odisha tweeted, "BJD govt is patting its own back by saying they have handled #CycloneTitli well but this is far from reality. Truth is that the govt was caught napping despite several warnings from Met. Dept. Thousands of people are stranded in affected areas. They must be helped immediately (sic)."

said, "The has completely failed to take stock of the situation which is why people in several districts of Odisha, especially in CM Patnaik's home district Ganjam, are grappling with flood situation.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 21:05 IST