Bhubaneswar: Senior legislator and former minister Damodar Rout today lambasted Food Minister Surya Narayan Patro for claiming ‘zero casualty’ in cyclone ‘Titli’.
Rout said “Surya Patro is a mad. Nobody can give such statement unless he is a mad. How the government is functioning when the officials and SRC is not aware about the situation in a calamity-hit area?”
The Paradip MLA also slammed Patro for not seeking central assistance to restore the damages in affected districts. “It is an irresponsible and immature statement of Patro who said that State does not need any assistance from Centre”, Rout added.
Earlier in the morning, Surya Patro said casualties are not due to cyclone Titli but the subsequent flood.
“The district administration had evacuated the people from the sensitive areas a day before the cyclone. The landfall in the early hours of October 11 triggered extremely heavy rainfall in Gajapati district resulting in a landslide in Mahendragiri hill in which some people were killed. These deaths are not due to the cyclone. Rather it was the heavy rain that caused the landslide and subsequent deaths. We regret for that,” Patro told mediapersons here.