Berhampur, October 10 (Local Wire) Around 42,000 families in vulnerable areas of 17 out of 22 blocks and Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) have been evacuated to 91 safer places till Wednesday evening as the cyclone Tilti intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and moving towards the Odisha coast.
“The process of evacuation has been continuing and might be intensified during the night hours depending on the situation,” said Vijay Amruta Kulange, district collector.
More families have been shifted from the five coastal blocks, including Ganjam, Chhatrapur, Rangeilunda, Khallikote and Chikiti, and BeMC areas.
“We have been shifting families of vulnerable areas on a priority basis, as the government stressed on the zero causality in the impending severe cyclonic storm Titli,” said the collector.
The evacuated families have been provided free kitchen, drinking water, and other facilities while taking shelter at the multi-purpose cyclone shelters, schools and community halls, sources said.
Pradeep Panigrahy, local MLA (Gopalpur), visited the shelter homes at Gopalpur and discussed with the displaced families. He also served the launch to them.
In some places, they come forwarded and voluntarily to shift them, as they had experienced to face like Phailin, he added. In 2013, when very severe cyclone Phailin hit the district, around 3.42 lakh people across the district had evacuated.
“We had seen the devastation of Phailin. We promptly agreed to shift the safer place when the officers asked” said Ch. Simanchal, a resident of Podampeta, a sea-shore village in Ganjam block.
The families have been shifted at cyclone shelter at Kantiagada.
The Phailin had claimed at least 16 lives and injured 50 persons, while the houses of around 3.44 lakh damaged in the district, sources said.