Berhampur, Jan 9 (LocalWire) A three-member expert team from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay visited Cyclone Titli affected areas of Gajapati to conduct a study on massive landslide in the district during the disaster and feasibility of the proposed establishment of the multi-purpose shelter homes.
An expert team, along with engineers of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) and officers of district administration, recently visited the worst-affected areas, including Kainpur and Gangabada panchayats in Rayagada block and Rageijholo and Khajuripada in Nuagada block.
The government has sanctioned setting up of at least three multi-purpose cyclone shelter homes in the district after the devastating cyclone hit the district with an aim to shift the people to the homes prior to a similar cyclone or flood.
“We have selected the places for the shelter homes. The expert team which visited the proposed sites will give the final report to OSDMA. The construction is likely to be started by the OSDMA after getting the feasibility report of the expert team,” said Gajapati collector Anupam Saha.
The expert team led by Satya Narayan M Dasak, professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay, also discussed the project and the extent of devastation with tehsildars of both tahasils and local people.
Other members in the team included GN Yadav and Manas R Behera.
Cyclone Titli had hit the district on October 11 and claimed at least 48 lives and rendered hundreds of people homeless.
Maximum deaths and destruction were reported from some of the hill top villages under these blocks, sources said.
Following the devastation, the state government has decided to establish the multi-purpose shelter homes in the district like in the coastal districts to shift the people on the eve of the possible natural disasters. The government had also decided to conduct study on the cause of the massive landslide in the district.