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Cyclone Titli claimed 26 human lives, affected 57L people: SRC

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday confirmed that 26 persons died and about 57 lakh people in 16 districts of the state were affected in the very severe cyclone Titli and subsequent floods.
Briefing to mediapersons, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi, said that of the 26 deaths, the highest number of the casualty of 18 persons has been reported from Gajapati district (15 in Baraghara village, two in Labanyagarh village and one in Allada village).While three died from Ganjam, one each from Angul, Cuttack, Keonjhar, Nayagarh and Kandhamal districts, SRC Sethi said.Sethi said that an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh would be provided to each next of the kin of the 26 deceased persons. The police and the local magistrate are investigating the death of others persons as reported by media and unknown sources, he added.
Giving details of the damage caused by the cyclone and the subsequent flood, Sethi said that about 57 lakh people of 144 blocks in 16 districts have been affected due to cyclone and flood.
Besides, there has been extensive damage to 151 roads of about 900 km in Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal districts while 1.48 lakh hectares of paddy crops in these affected districts have been completely destroyed, he said.The collectors of the affected districts will submit a preliminary report on the extent of damage by tomorrow, the SRC further informed. 

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