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‘Titli’ aftermath: Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada situation grim; CM reviews situation with DMs

Bhubaneswar: As the rain wreaked havoc in parts of Odisha especially Ganjam , Gajapati and Rayagada district which were battered by the cyclone Titli, CM Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the situation and rescue and relief work in the affected district.

Through video conferencing, Patnaik held discussion with the Collectors of three districts at State Secretariat and assured them of all assistances to expedite rescue operation.

During video conferencing, Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange sought helicopters for airlifting people marooned in different areas. Similarly, Gajapati Collectors requested the CM to provide more fire personnel for rescue operation.

In his reaction after review, CM Naveen Patnaik asked the Collectors to provide cooked food to affected people for next seven days. Collectors were directed to give report of damages in a week.

In a press briefing, chief secretary AP Padhi said six NDRF teams have been deployed in Ganjam district which has been mostly affected by the rain. Two towns of the district- Aska and Purusottampur are worst affected as the towns have been flooded.

Two helicopters are coming from Visakhapatnam, which will be deployed in rescue operation Ganjam, if required, Padhi added. Except Aska and Purusottampur, electricity will be restored within next 48 hours

Similarly, six NDRF teams have been mobilized in Gajapati district while one is working Rayagada district.

Similarly, work is in progress to restore road network in Gajapati district as trees were uprooted on the road disrupting communication. The road network will be restored by this evening, chief secretary said.

Gunupur and Bisam Cuttack in Rayagada district have been mostly affected.

Several rivers in Ganjam and Gajapati were swollen due to heavy rain in the catchment. In Gajapati district, Rama river was flowing at a height of about 12 feet on a bridge at Mohana. As a result, road communication from Mohana to Paralakhemundi has been disrupted.

In Ganjam, Rushikulya river has touched the danger mark. The water level is expected to increase further with still lashing the upper catchments of the river. Road communication between Berhampur and Sorada and Sheragada and Aska has been cut off due to overflowing of floodwaters.

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