Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Saturday confirmed 61 deaths in cyclone Titli and subsequent flood in the State.
“At least 61 lives, including three fishermen from Andhra Pradesh have been lost in cyclone Titli-related incidents,” said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi after chairing a review meeting on the ongoing rescue and restoration work in cyclone and flood hit districts.
Gajapati district which was one of the worst affected in the cyclone recorded the highest deaths.
Padhi further informed that Rs 11 crore cash has been distributed in Gajapati district.
“Preliminary report on the loss of lives and property due to the cyclone and subsequent flood has been submitted to the Centre,” informed Padhi.
Meanwhile, the State Government on Thursday asked the Centre to release an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for relief-and-restoration work in 17 districts. The Government said last week’s Cyclone Titli and the subsequent flood caused a loss of about Rs 2,765 crore and affected 60.11 lakh people.
Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts have been the worst affected due to the natural calamities.
The Odisha Government also decided to provide input subsidy of Rs 13,500 per hectare for irrigated land and Rs 6,800 per non-irrigated land to farmers affected by cyclone Titli and subsequent flood in the State.
The compensation will be provided to the farmers on the basis of report submitted by Agriculture department and Collectors of different districts ravaged by cyclone Titli and subsequent flood.