Cyclone Titli aftermath: Naveen orders speedy relief, restoration

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation following landfall of cyclonic storm Titli and directed officials to rush adequate relief materials and restore essential services in the affected areas.

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As the cyclone Titli is expected to move to West Bengal through Odisha, the CM asked officials to remain watchful and prepared to meet any emergency.

As Gajapati district is the worst hit among the districts, Patnaik directed to deploy two more NDRF teams. At present, NDRF and 20 teams of ODRAF have been deployed.

The district magistrates (DMs) of the concerned districts have been asked to prepare reports on the house and crop damage immediately. The CM also directed the officials to ensure that relief materials are equally given to the affected people.

Speaking to media after the review meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “The extent of damage in Ganjam district due to cyclone Titli is not much, but it caused maximum damage in Gajapati district. The road communication has been cut off due to uprooted trees. The major grid of electricity has been affected there due to the high-speed wind.”

“Once the wind speed lowers down, electricity connections will be restored in the affected places. Till now there is no report of casualty, but full reports are yet to come from the districts,” Padhi said.

According to sources, as many as 3 lakh people have been evacuated and sheltered at 1,112 relief camps yesterday. Ganjam district administration has shifted 105 pregnant women to the hospital on time. Similarly, 18 pregnant women have been shifted to hospital by Jagatsinghpur district administration.

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