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12 killed in landslide in cyclone Titli-hit Odisha


In Odisha, at least 12 people were killed in a landslide triggered by cyclone Titli-induced heavy rain in Gajapati district, raising the death toll due to the deadly storm to 15 in the state.

The landslide occurred at Bara-ghara in the hilly Rayagada block, where some villagers had taken shelter in a cave, following very heavy rain on Thursday evening.

The toll could increase further, as some others are feared trapped under the debris. Some houses and other structures were also damaged in the landslide.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who conducted an aerial survey of Gajapati and two other districts, extended his condolences to the bereaved families.

He also announced monetary relief for people affected by the cyclone and the resultant flooding in Ganjam and Gajapati districts and Gunupur sub-division of Rayagada district.

Meanwhile, rescue and relief operations gained momentum in the affected areas.

Sixteen districts have been affected by the flood and the cyclone. Two Naval Chetak helicopters have been deployed for providing relief support to Odisha Govt.

The helicopters are undertaking dropping of food supply in accessible areas of Ganjam and Gajapati districts.

About nineteen locations identified by the District Administration are being supplied food from helicopters.