Berhampur, October 10 (Local wire) Sea-side villagers in Ganjam district are in grip of panic with the weather office on Monday forecasting heavy rainfall and squally wind speed around 40 to 50-km over the district due to the impact of cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ from Tuesday.
Most of the fishermen in the district did not go to the Bay of Bengal for fishing on Monday due to the possible cyclonic storm, while they are prepared to face any situation created by the cyclone.
“We are not going for fishing today, after the warning issued by the government,” said Ch. Putodu of Podampeta, a sea-side village in Ganjam block.
“We are very much panicked on hearing the term of a cyclone as we had faced two cyclones like Phailin and Hudhud in the past,” Ch. Tiki, a fisherman in Podampeta.
He said memories of the devastation caused by the Phailin still haunts the fishermen.
Though several families of Podampeta, situated very near to the sea, had shifted near New Podampeta, around 15 families are still in the old village.
The construction of houses under the Odisha disaster recovery project (ODRP) is in progress.
Villagers will shift to the new houses after completion of the houses, said Ch. Simanchal, another villager.
The villagers of Golabandh, New Golabandh, Nolia Nuagaon, Prayagi are worried over the severity of the cyclonic storm.
“We prayed to God not to repeat Phailin, once again,” said B.Simadri of Golabandh.
The people of the district had faced the devastating Phailin and Hudhud in the previous years.
The Phailin had landfall near Gopalpur on October 12, 2013.
It had devastated the district with killing at least 17 people.
Hudhud had landfall near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in 2014 during October.
It did not cause much damage in Ganjam district but caused extensive damaged in Gajapati district.