Cyclone Titli aftermath: Death toll continues to mount in Gajapati

Gajapati: In yet another shocking report from Gajapati district as many as 21 people are feared dead after a landslide in Kainpur Panchayat of Rayagad block.

According to reports, 15 persons went missing after the landslide out of which 7 bodies were recovered today. The deaths have been confirmed by Kainpur PEO and the sarpanch.

Meanwhile, body of a person among the two missing in Lakshmipur has been recovered while 2 persons are reportedly missing from Gandahati and Lailai areas of the district following cyclone Titli.

“Our reports show that Gajapati district has witnessed the maximum damage following cyclone Titli. CM has said that he will personally take stock of the situation and will alert the district administration to take necessary steps henceforth,” said Chief Secretary, Aditya Prasad Padhi.

Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office said 1,12,931 people were still lodged in 854 relief camps of the state and cooked food was being provided to the inmates.

Altogether 3,60,132 people had taken refuge in 1,614 relief camps of the state during the natural calamities, SRC sources said.

“We are not forcing anyone to leave the camps. Wherever there is an improvement, people are returning to their villages on their own,” an SRC official said.

Later in the day today, SRC asked collectors to enquire into all cases of alleged deaths and ensure ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased within 3 days following due procedure.

(With PTI Inputs)