52 lives lost in Titli-related incidents, confirms Odisha Chief Secy

Bhubaneswar: 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), informed Chief Secretary AP Padhi today after a review meeting held at the State Secretariat here.

“Total deaths due to drowning and landslide post cyclone Titli is 52. On the basis of local inquiry and statement from villagers, the number of deaths is confirmed. Besides, 10 more death cases are being verified,” Padhi said.

In Ganjam district, 12 persons have died in the Cyclone Titli aftermath whereas one death case was reported from Kandhamal district.

Apart from this, preliminary estimates revealed that Odisha has incurred a loss of Rs 2,200 crore in the aftermath of the cyclonic storm, he added.

“Of the Rs 2,200 crore, the road damage is estimated to be Rs 500 crore, electricity systems Rs 133 crore, houses Rs 150 crore, while Rs 233 crore crop damage has been estimated on the basis of the input subsidy cost,” Padhi added.

The damage figures are not actual damage assessment and in a day or two the complete reports will be known, he stated.

Meanwhile, Special relief commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said the situation in Rayagada and Ganjam districts is getting normalised while stating relief and restoration work are being carried out in Gajapati district on war footing.

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