UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the loss of lives and destruction caused in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh due to landslides and flooding following Cyclone Titli, saying the world body is ready to support the government's response to the calamity.
"The Secretary-General is saddened by reports of death and injury in Odisha and Andha Pradesh states in India due to landslides and flooding following Cyclone Titli," a statement issued on Monday by Mr Guterres' spokesman said.
Mr Guterres said the United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government of India as it responds to this calamity and is ready to support the response.
The number of deaths in cyclone Titli, which made a landfall on October 11, and the subsequent flood in Odisha has risen to 27. A total of 3,60,353 people were evacuated and sheltered in 1,614 relief centres.
Millions of people have been affected in Odisha mainly in the worst-hit districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, and Rayagada, and thousands of houses were damaged in Andhra Pradesh.
Cyclone Titli also disrupted road and telecommunications networks and power supplies.
The secretary-general extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of India, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
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