**Bhubaneswar:** Severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ and the torrential rains triggered by it have been affecting normal lives for the past one week. While news reports of several missing persons have been making the headlines every day, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi provided the official figures of the number of human lives lost in the natural calamity today.
In a press meet, he said, “According to the information given by district collectors, 57 lakh people in 16 districts, 144 blocks, 30 urban local bodies and 7402 villages were affected in this natural disaster. 3.6 lakh people were evacuated and 1614 relief camps were opened.”
“A total of 26 deaths have been reported in the cyclone and the flood that followed it. 18 deaths have been reported from Gajapati district alone,” he added.
In Angul, Sampei Das drowned to death. Meanwhile, wall collapse claimed one Panu Sahoo’s life in Cuttack and the lives of Ritu Sabar, Satysundar Mohapatra and his wife in Gajapati.
Meanwhile in the Gajapati landslide, 15 people died. They were- Laxmi Sabar, Srinivas Sabar, Sumitra Bhuyan, Dandapani Bhuyan, Lulu Behera, Gangadhar Behera, Dilli Sabar, Ganga Jani, Jayachnadra Bhuyan, Basanti Bhuyan, Minakshi Sabar, Dinesh Bhuyan, Somnath Jani, Debendra Bhuyan and Sirimani Jani. All were of Baraghara village.
In Ganjam, one Rajeswari Nayak died due to falling of a tree and meanwhile one Prafulla Mallik and an unidientifed person died due to drowning.
In Kandhamal, one Janaka Banhar was killed in a wall collapse and Subhalaxmi Mahanta in Koenjhar also met a similar fate.
In Nayagarh, Abhimanyu Majhi drowned to death in Kaneka Nala.
All these deaths will be thoroughly investigated an Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia will be provided to the next of kin for the deceased, Sethi informed.
He also said that about 900 kilometers of roads in 35 blocks of Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal have been severely damaged while 1.48 lakh hectares of paddy crops and 65000 hectares of non-paddy fields were completely destroyed.
“Teams were deployed in several districts but after some days of monitoring it was observed that Gajapati was the most affected. So, the forces were diverted to Gajapati where a total of 26 ODRAF and 14 NDRF teams were sent for rescue and relief work. A Fire Services team of 57 personnel was also sent who cleared 2851 felled trees were cut and opened 107 roads in a record time,” Sethi concluded.
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