Cyclone ‘Titli’ Effect In Odisha: River Flash Flood Sweeps Away House, 6 Persons Go Missing In Ganjam

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11 October 2018

Rabindranath Behera

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Berhampur: Even though Cyclone ‘Titli’ landfall has fortunately caused zero casualty as per the latest State Administration’s review and although no major damage or loss of life has been reported from Ganjam district, an untoward incident has been reported later from the district today.

As per reports, 4 persons of a family and two persons of nearby family have gone missing after their Indira Awas house got swept away by flood waters on the bank of Adangi river at Bhutapankala village under Gajalbadi panchayat of Bhanjanagar sub-division in the district here.

Sources said that all of them had taken shelter on the rooftop.

Out of the six victims, the four missing persons of a family include elderly couple and its son and daughter-in-law.

Sources also informed that the district administration has already launched rescue operation since noon in a bid to trace the missing persons.

Speaking to OMMCOM NEWS, Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange informed, “It has happened in Sorada block. The six missing persons were in the cyclone shelter last night. As the area has no proper motorable road, contact has become an uphill task. But our team is there and we are trying to contact with them. Whatever information will be available later on, we’ll be able to disseminate to media.”

Informing on other areas, like Belguntha, the Ganjam Collector said, “It is under control though some patches are still critical. In Ganjam district, about nine blocks have flood-like situation partially. For example in Patrapur 5 villages, in Chikiti 12 villages, in Digapahandi 4 villages are facing the situation. Those villages are situated on river banks. We have started evacuation. The evacuation will be not limited to kutcha houses, also pucca houses. We are going to evacuate them all on high level safe places.”

“District administration is laying utmost stress on ‘zero casualty’ as a single life is very precious for us,” he remarked.

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

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Vijay Amruta Kulange, Collector, Ganjam