Cyclone Titli Aftermath: Flood situation eases in Odisha, but miseries continue

Bhubaneswar: There has been no let up in the overall flood situation even though waters started to recede almost two days after the heavy rain which lashed several parts of Odisha under the impact of very severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’.

Most parts of north Odisha as well as others pockets in coastal districts had earlier witnessed flash floods and waterlogging following heavy rain since Wednesday.

In Balasore, the Budhabalanga river is now flowing much below the danger mark of 7.8 mts near Barunighat. However, Jalaka river is still flowing slightly above the danger mark while several villages of Mathani, Sadanandpur, Sindurhata and Paida are still marooned.

As per reports, 30 families of Sindurhata have taken shelter at a primary school while local BDO informed that already cooked food is being provided to the flood-hit people.

The flood situation in Ganjam district is also improving with water-level of major rivers is also decreasing as there has been no rainfall in the past 24 hours in the region.

Though floodwater is also receding from several localities, people are yet to come to terms with life.

Aska town was the worst affected by the flash floods following heavy rain triggered by Cyclone Titli. Thousands of people are still stranded while relief materials are being air-dropped by two helicopters of the Navy.

“Air dropping of food packets is being carried out in Aska and other periphery areas in Puroshuttampur,” said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.