Bhubaneswar: Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi today pegged the loss suffered due to Cyclone Titli and the resultant flood at around Rs 2,765 crore stating that the loss amount could increase as the final reports are yet to come.

Sethi informed that a total of 8,125 villages under 128 blocks of 17 districts have been affected by the natural calamity. "More than 60 lakh people have been affected and crops in 2.63 lakh hectares farmland damaged by Cyclone Titli and its aftermath," said the SRC.

In Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts, 56,930 houses have been damaged. Of them, 20,422 houses were completely damaged whereas 36, 508 houses have been partially damaged.

This apart, 34,951 domestic animals have died due to the impact of Titli, he said.

"Priority is being given on relief and restoration works in the affected areas. As many as 54 doctors have been sent to the three districts while 86 medical relief centres set up in various areas. Apart from this, 82 mobile health teams have been engaged to disinfect water sources," the official added.

Yesterday, Chief Secretary AP Padhi had stated that a total of 52 persons lost their lives in the State in incidents post Cyclone Titli and flood situation with Gajapati district recording the highest number of deaths (39) followed by Ganjam district with 12 deaths.