Cyclone Titli Death Toll Reaches 15 In Odisha, After Heavy Rains Trigger Landslide

| October 14 , 2018 , 10:22 IST

The death toll from Cyclone Titli reached 15 in Odisha on Saturday after at least 12 people were killed in a landslide triggered by the heavy rains brought by the cyclone in the Gajapati district of the state.

According to senior officials, the landslide took place at Baraghara in the hilly Rayagada area where villagers had taken shelter in a cave after heavy rains when the cyclone made landfall. The death toll may increase further as 3 others are feared to be trapped under the debris.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conducted an aerial survey of Gajapati and two other districts and expressed his condolences on the deaths, saying, "I extend my deepest condolence to the bereaved families."

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Senior BJD leader and former Union minister Chandra Shekhar Sahu claimed that local authorities had advised villagers to move to safe shelters before the cyclone but they had apparently "refused".

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said the district SP, a sub-collector, NDRF personnel and medical team have rushed to the spot of the landslide. He added that it took a long time for officials to reach the site as roads were blocked by boulders and uprooted trees.

At least 16 districts have been affected by Cyclone Titli and corresponding floods after the cyclone made landfall on October 11, affecting around 60 lakh people.

Meanwhile, 8 people have been killed in Andhra Pradesh after Cyclone Titli made landfall in the state on October 11. A total of 5 deaths were reported from the Srikakulam district while 3 deaths were reported from the neighbouring Vijayanagaram district. The deceased included 6 fishermen.

The Cyclone Titli gradually weakened in intensity after it made landfall early morning on Thursday, and continued to weaken with the IMD predicting that it will become a deep depression.