12 feared killed, 3 missing due to a landslide in Gajapati district of Odisha

Berhampur: 12 feared killed, 3 missing as chunk of earth from a hill caves in at Baraghara village under Gangabada panchayat in Gajapati district. The deceased were identified as Dandapani Bhuyan, Sumitra Bhuyan, Somanath Kathren, Jagan Kathi, Minakshi Shabar, Gangadhara Behera, Dinesh Bhuyan, Lalu Behera, Jayachandra Bhutan, Suramati Jani and Champa Bhutan.

Four villagers, who are still missing in the landslide incident, have been identified as Kati Bhuyan, Basanti Bhuyan, Basumati Bhuyan and Bishambara Shabara.

Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said the district administration was trying to reach the remote village. “We were more focussed on the damages to coastal areas. This particular village is located far away from the coast and was not within the 20-km immediate impact zone of the cyclone,” Sethi said.

Although no deaths were immediately reported in Odisha due to Cyclone Titli, the resultant floods following incessant rainfall have so far claimed 21 lives in the State. In Gajapati, 15 people have been killed in separate incidents. Two deaths were reported from Nayagarh and one each from Kandhamal, Cuttack, Keonjhar and Angul districts.

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