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Toll in cyclone-hit Odisha rises to 77: Govt

24/10/2018 at 2:05 PM

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today confirmed 77 deaths in cyclone Titli and subsequent flood in the State.

Of the total 77 deaths, 59 persons have been identified and rest 19 reports are being examined, said Joint Relief Commissioner Prabhat Ranjan Mohapatra.

The casualties mainly resulted from incidents of landslide, wall collapse, drowning and tree felling.

He said that a Central team will soon visit the affected areas to take stock of the situation.

As many as 16 of the 30 districts of the State were ravaged by heavy rain and flood following the landfall of cyclone Titli on October 11 near Gopalpur in the south-western part of the State, Gajapati being the worst affected. Nearly 40 persons have been killed in landslide in Gajapati district due to the heavy rains triggered under the pressure of the cyclone.

Nearly 62 lakh families have been affected due to the calamities.

Meanwhile, restoration work in Ganjam, Rayagada and Gajapati are in full swing.

Today, a three-member team headed by Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishunupada Sethi reviewed the situation in Gajapati district.

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