Cyclone ‘Titli’ Aftermath: Odisha CM Orders For Speedy Restoration, Adequate Relief Measures

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11 October 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: Reviewing the measures taken by the State and District administrations following the landfall of severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today issued directions for speedy restoration of essential public utilities and promptly providing sufficient relief to the affected.

Soon after the meeting, Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi briefed media, “After landfall, Cyclone ‘Titli’ is now in Gajapati district. It’s moving in the north-west direction. The extent of damage which we had expected in Ganjam district hasn’t taken place while latest report indicates maximum damage caused in Gajapati district. Mainly the road communication has been cut off due to fallen trees throughout the district. Windspeed is also 100 kmph. Major grid of electricity has been affected there.”

“The Hon’ble Chief Minister has today directed for speedy repair and restoration work. He has ordered to immediately restore the disrupted power supply, roads and other essential public utilities,” stated the Chief Secretary.

He informed, “NDRF and 20 teams of ODRAF have been deployed. Today at the meeting, decision was taken to deploy two more NDRF teams in Gajapati district as all the blocks have been affected there. The teams will move from Berhampur in Ganjam.”

He added, “We expect that rain will continue entire day at several places today. Barring Sundargarh district in western Odisha where there will be no rainfall, rest of the State including southern and central Odisha rain is likely to continue today. The four districts Ganjam, Gajapati, Balasore and Jagatsinghpur have experienced above 100 mm rainfall. Average rainfall in Gajapati district has even exceeded 200 mm.”

“3 lakh people have been evacuated and sheltered at 1112 relief camps yesterday. They will be provided relief also today as per the need and may continue. Hon’ble Chief Minister has strictly instructed that relief should be given equally and also be seen that no body is inconvenient. Ganjam district administration has shifted 105 pregnant women to hospital on time. Accordingly, 18 pregnant women have been shifted to hospital by Jagatsinghpur district administration so that there would be no problem during delivery,” the Chief Secretary informed.

He also informed, “Once windspeed lowers down, power disruptions at those places will be restored. Till now zero casualty, but full reports are yet to come from the districts.”

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Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha