Cyclone Titli: Death toll mounts to three in Odisha

  • | Friday | 12th October, 2018

"We have seen media reports of the deaths of two or three persons in districts. Search is on to locate the four others, he said.On Thursday, the body of an eight-year old boy, who had slipped into a canal at Saradhapur village under Hinjili police station, was found by locals, police said.In Andhra Pradesh, eight lives have been snuffed out by the twister on Thursday.The Odisha government is, however, yet to confirm the deaths. Blocks like Aska, Purusottampur and Sanakhemundi were inundated by rainwater as well as water from Rusikulya river which gushed into the villages, a senior official said.The Ganjam district administration has undertaken evacuation of people living near the riverside and low-lying areas, he said adding that they have been housed in the multi-purpose shelters besides schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres.The low-lying areas in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and the pilgrim town of Puri were also waterlogged due to the rain. BHUBANESWAR/BERHAMPUR: The toll in Cyclone Titli in Odisha rose to three on Friday after two bodies were recovered in Ganjam district , near where it made its landfall, as the state government deployed NDRF and ODRAF personnel to speed up rescue and relief operations.One of the two bodies was that of a 40-year-old fisherman from Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, said police, which found it.The fisherman was reportedly missing since Wednesday from Ramayapatna under Golanthara police station limits and his body was found near the jetty of Gopalpur port. His identity is being ascertained, said the inspector in-charge of marine police station, Arjeepalli Baideshi Behera.The other body found is that of a 45-year-old man of Bhuta Pankal village under Sorada block in Ganjam district who had been missing since the very severe cyclone struck the state Thursday, police said.The body was found 200 feet downstream of the village, inspector in-charge of Sorada police station Prabhat Sahoo said.Five persons from the village were missing since they crossed Khadangi nullha while returning to their homes from a cyclone shelter on Thursday.

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