Berhampur, October 10 (LocalWire): For 13-year old Simanchal of Barghara village in Gajapati district, the October clouds are a tragic reminder of the severe cyclonic storm Titli that had hit the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border district last year.
Simanchal and his two younger brothers had lost their father and mother who died when the devastating cyclone hit the district on 11 October.
“We cannot forget the year 2018, particularly the month of October,” Simanchal said, a forlorn look on his face.
“The memories of the devastation came alive when the cloud started to hover the sky in October,” he said.
His father Dandapani Bhuyan and mother Sumitra were killed due to the massive landslide in the village following the cyclone Titli.
Simanchal and his brothers survived the nature’s fury since they were visiting a relative on that day. The brothers have been rehabilitated by the district administration in a child care institute at Paralakhemundi.
According to the district officials, children who lost their parents during Titli were rehabilitated in the child care institutes at Paralakhemundi and Rampa for boarding and educational facilities.
“Fixed deposit of ex-gratia compensation amount for the death of their parents has been made in favour of the beneficiary jointly with the Gajapti collector, till they become adult,” Gajapati collector Anupam Saha said.
As many as 48 people had died in the district due to cyclone Titli.
The government had sanctioned Rs 12 lakh to the family members of the deceased persons, including Rs six lakh from the Chief Minister Relief Fund, Rs four lakh from the State Disaster Relief Fund, and Rs two lakh from the Prime Minister Relief Fund.
Over 72,000 houses were damaged during the cyclone in the district. The severe cyclonic storm and subsequently floods had also severely damaged road, culvert, electric infrastructure, and school buildings in the district.
“The repair and restoration works was taken up on a war-footing and normalcy was restored in the district within one year,” the collector said.
The government has sanctioned Rs 227.23 crore to undertake repair, rehabilitation and relief works in the post-cyclone period. Out of it, Rs 212.05 crore has already been spent, sources informed.
These included Rs 122.74 crore as house damage assistance to 71,834 persons, and Rs 32.23 crore towards compensation of crop loss to 81,042 farmers, sources added.