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The cyclone Titli sucked the lives of 24 people in the Odisha state. The death toll reached 24 on Sunday. However, the flood situation in the state improved marginally.

The landfall of Titli cyclone on Gopalpur in the southwestern part of Odisha state invited intense rainfall in the last three days.

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It is reported that the fifteen people lost lives on Friday in Gajapati’s Barghar area which is about 50 km from the district headquarters town of Paralakhemundi.

Sub-Divisional Police Officer TP Patra shared about the loss and said that 13 bodies were recovered on Saturday while two on Sunday and stretched number to 15.

Heavy rainfall in Gajapati, Ganjan and Khandamal killed three, four and two lives respectively.

The improvement in flood situation had allowed the administration to provide relief. The roads were being cleared of tree trunks and electric poles. Even electricity supply has been restored in many places.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi shared “In Gajapati, too, the Odisha Forest Development Corporation (OFDC) personnel have been pressed into service to clear roads by removing the uprooted trees,”  with media after having a meeting with Chief Secretary A P Padhi.

SRC even informed that the cyclone had caused many losses and damages including damages to standing crops. The loss assessment would be conducted in the coming days. Farmers would be provided with assistance and relief as per the loss.

He even shared that the relief team is potentially in operation and is providing food packets for the stranded people in the flood-hit area.

The government has decided to provide Rs 4 lakh ex gratia to families of the people, who lost lives in landslides in Gajapati. Even three additional ODRAF and two NDRF teams would be deployed in the landslide-hit area to step up restoration work.

Mr Sethi informed about the critical situation of the Mayurbhanj district as water from overflowing Budhabalanga and Gangahara rivers have flooded into around 14 villages in Badasahi block on Mayurbhanj.

“Road communication between Basta and Baliapal too continues to remain disrupted with Jalaka river still flowing above the danger mark,” he added.

State Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty along with two others-Finance Minister Sashi Bhushan Behera and SC-ST Development Minister Ramesh Majhi, had reviewed the restoration work across the disaster-hit areas. The ministerial team had been assigned with the responsibility of assessing damages.

Mohanty informed that the connectivity had been re-established to district headquarters and block headquarters in the affected areas and soon everything would get to normal.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts and announced for a 15-day monetary relief package for people who faced loss by the cyclone. He even said that a family of four will be assisted with around Rs 3,000 as a relief.

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