Odisha: Over 3 Lakh Persons Evacuated To Safe Shelters Before Titli Makes Landfall

10 October 2018


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Bhubaneswar: As the severe cyclone Titli nears Odisha coast, the State Government’s machinery is working in full-flow to evacuate people from the vulnerable pockets. So far, nearly 3 lakh persons have been evacuated from the districts which are likely to face the maximum impact of the cyclonic storm.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was at the Special Relief Commissioner’s office and reviewed the overall preparedness of the State Agencies to combat the Titli, which has already brewed into a severe cyclonic storm.

Following the review in the presence of a battery of senior officials, Naveen said, “The landfall (of Titli) will be a few miles away from the Gopalpur coast at 5 am tomorrow morning. About 3 lakh people have been evacuated and more (people) will probably be evacuated soon. All precautions have been taken and we are watching the events very vigilantly.”

As per the latest inputs from Jagatsinhgpur district, so far, a total 10,176 persons have been evacuated and shifted to safe shelters. Gadakujang Panchayat's Polanga, Bhuyanpal and Trokar village's residents were evicted and sheltered at Gadakujnag high school and the Gram Panchayat office building, Jagatsinghpur Collector, Yamini Sarangi said.

“While evacuation process is on in most of the Blocks, most of the evicted people belong to Erasama, Kujanga, Paradeep municipality. Approximately, 2500 families have been shifted to cyclone shelters by today evening," she added.

In Ganjam a total of 22 blocks have been identified as vulnerable to the cyclone strike. The district administration is on a mission to shift more than 41,000 families which will continue till Wednesday night. The numbers might increase depending on the severity of the situation, Ganjam Collector, Vijay Amruta Kulange said.

Mobile Women Police Unit vehicle 'Surakshya' has been pressed into service to evacuate women from low lying areas of Gopalpur to safe places. Gopalpur Police, in coordination with district administration are evacuating people to safer places.

“Safe drinking water facilities have been provided at the vantage points in the NACs and cyclone shelters in Ganjam district. Not a single person will be allowed to stay put in the any of the vulnerable areas which includes the coastal region, places near the water bodies, low-lying areas and thatched dwellings,” he added.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha