DEATH TOLL RISES TO 57 AFTER CYCLONE TITLI HITS INDIA

The death toll from severe cyclone Titli, in India's eastern state of Odisha, has risen to 57, local government officials said, today (Thursday). The cyclone inflicted an estimated loss of 300 million U.S. dollars, a local government spokesman said.

"The government has mooted the process of relief and restoration, and besides this, Chief Minister, Navin Patnaik, hiked the ex-gratia for the kin of the victims to 13,588 U.S. dollars, from earlier announced 5,436 U.S. dollars," said the spokesman.

Titli made landfall last week in Odisha and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh state, with an estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kph, gusting to 165 kph. The cyclone caused widespread damage in the two states by uprooting scores of trees and electric poles.

Odisha government officials said, the cyclone affected 16 districts, including Gajapati, Kandhamal, Cuttack, Angul, Keonjhar and Nayagarh. Of the 57 deaths, 39 were reported from Gajapati district, officials said.

"Almost all the thoroughfares have been repaired and power and drinking water supplies restored, in the urban areas.

However, in the rural areas, the work is still in progress," the officials said.

The Odisha government, in anticipation of the severe cyclone, had evacuated more than 300,000 people from coastal districts.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK