Bhubaneswar: The number of deaths due to hillock collapse at Baraghara village of Gangabada gram panchayat under Raygarh block in Gajapati district rose to 15 after two more bodies were located last night.
While the two persons were yet to be identified, it is suspected that three more person have remained under the debris, said Paralakhemundi SDPO Thakur Prasad.
It may be noted that members of five families were believed to have taken shelter in a cave of the hill for safety before the Cyclone Titli hit the coast, but the hillock, after being soaked in rainwater for many hours, collapsed over them. So far, 15 bodies have been found from the area. The deceased persons include six children.