Krishan Kumar, a spokesman for the National Disaster Response Force, said relief officials rushed to the remote area in Gajapati district in Odisha. The landslide hit on Friday, a day after a severe cyclone that caused heavy rains in parts of eastern India
New Delhi: Twelve people were feared dead in a cyclone shelter swamped by a landslide caused by heavy rains in eastern India, officials said Saturday.
Krishan Kumar, a spokesman for the National Disaster Response Force, said relief officials rushed to the remote area in Gajapati district in Odisha. The landslide hit on Friday, a day after a severe cyclone that caused heavy rains in parts of eastern India.
Villagers had moved to the shelter to escape the fury of Cyclone Titli, which whipped up wind speeds of up to 150 kilometers (95 miles) per hour.
State Relief Commissioner BP Sethi said there were reports that 12 people at the shelter were killed and another four trapped in the debris.
Sethi said rescue workers were clearing roads blocked by uprooted trees to reach the remote site.
At least eight people were killed in Andhra Pradesh state and one in Odisha on Thursday when the cyclone damaged homes and blew down trees and power poles.
Odisha is prone to cyclones that develop in the Bay of Bengal. In 1999, a devastating cyclone killed more than 15,000 people.
Here is a list of the natural disasters that struck Odisha:
Orissa famine of 1866
The Orissa famine of 1866 affected the east coast of India from Madras northwards and one-third of the population of 47,500,000 died during that time.
In 2009, nine people were killed and 150 people were injured after a passenger train Howrah–Chennai Coromandel Express derailed.
In 1999, Odisha was rocked by a cyclone, which was the strongest recorded tropical cyclone in the North Indian Ocean. It was also most destructive in the region with its impact being felt in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Hirakud boat disaster
In 2014, a boat carrying about 115 passengers capsized in the reservoir of the Hirakud Dam. The death toll was 31.
In 2014, cyclone Hudhud caused extensive damage and loss of life in eastern India and Nepal.
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Last Updated Oct 13, 2018, 5:50 PM IST