Cyclone Titli Death Toll In Odisha Reaches 57, CM Patnaik Seeks Rs 1,000 Crore From Centre

| October 19 , 2018 , 08:34 IST

The death toll from Cyclone Titli which made landfall in Odisha on October 11 has reached 57 due to landslides, wall collapse incidents and drowning brought on by the cyclone, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said on Thursday.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sought an interim assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore from the centre for relief and restoration work in 17 districts affected by Cyclone Titli. CM Patnaik pegged the total damage caused by the cyclone at Rs. 2,765 crore, affecting 60.11 lakh people.

"I would request you to kindly consider the grave situation in the state on account of the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm 'Titli' and its associated impacts and request you to please release an interim assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore to the state to enable taking up relief and restoration works of immediate nature," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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"We are seeking central assistance of Rs. 2014.09 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund, over and above the funds available in the State Disaster Response Fund for the year 2018-19," the Odisha CM said.

"A non-coastal district, namely Gajapati, has been the worst affected. Besides the cyclone and the flood, a massive landslide occurred in the Mahendragiri hills, which completely destroyed one village, namely Baraghara, under Gangabada GP of Gajapati district," the chief minister said.

In addition, CM Patnaik requested that the Centre consider a special a special allocation of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) as 57,131 houses were damaged by the cyclone and subsequent floods.

Apart from houses, CM Patnaik said that there had been extensive damage to crops, electrical infrastructure and roads.

Before Cyclone Titli made landfall, evacuations took place from vulnerable areas of Odisha, including Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Khordha districts. Also, 13 NDRF and 9 ODRAF teams were deployed in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapada, Nayagarh, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Khordha, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Boudh and Sambalpur districts.