Cyclone Titli: 12 killed, 4 missing as hideout cave crumbles in Odisha

Owing to incessant rain since Wednesday, the hillock caved in and the rockslide swept away 16 villagers.

Published: 13th October 2018 11:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2018 02:06 PM   |  A+A-


An uprooted tree after Cyclone Titli made a landfall in Odisha's Berhampur district. (Photo | Biswanath Swain/EPS)

By Online Desk

Twelve tribals including three children who had taken shelter in a cave to escape from Cyclone Titli died in a rockslide. Four other tribals are reportedly still missing. 

As per officials, 22 tribals from Baraghara village of Gajapati’s Rayagada block had taken shelter in the cave in their village to escape the cyclone's wrath, reported Hindustan Times.

However, owing to incessant rain since Wednesday, the hillock caved in and the rockslide swept away 16 villagers.

READ HERE | Odisha taken unawares by flash floods; 38.7 lakh people affected

The district collector of Gajapati was asked to visit the spot to ascertain the situation and give a detailed report, Special Relief Commissioner B P Sethi told PTI.

After getting the report, financial assistance will be provided to the affected people as per government provisions, Sethi said.

He said the area where the landslide took place was remote and the roads to location were blocked by uprooted trees.

A rescue team, including personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), rushed to the area which was ravaged by incessant rainfall.

The cyclone had made a landfall on Thursday southwest of Gopalpur near Palasa, said an official.

Meanwhile, rescue and relief operation gained momentum as water has started receding in other areas, officials said.

Cyclone Titli, which made a landfall in Odisha on Wednesday wrecked havoc in the state, especially in the riverside villages. 

Even as the State Government remained preoccupied with the target to ensure zero casualty during the very severe cyclone Titli, it was taken completely unawares by the flash floods which has affected around 38.7 lakh people and rendered thousands homeless.

Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts, which had already been battered by the cyclone, are the worst affected in the floods. 

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation in a video conference with the district collectors of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada. 

Patnaik will make an aerial survey of the Titli affected Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts at 11 am on Saturday

Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, after being hit by the severe cyclone Titli, people of Srikakulam district are now facing floods, with river Vamsadhara, Mahendra Tanaya and River Bahuda flowing above danger mark.

(With inputs from Express News Service and PTI)



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