BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government on Friday deployed NDRF and ODRAF personnel to speed up rescue and relief operation main in three district where over 60 lakh people were affected by flood due to heavy rainfall triggeredby cyclone Titili.

The India Metrological Department (IMD) said rainfall would be accompanied by gale wind speed reaching 140-160 kmph and gusting to 165 kmph along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.

The flood situation in three south Odisha districts – Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada in grim as the water levels in major rivers like Rushikulya and Bansadhara have crossed their danger marks, official sources said.

The district received highest rainfall for three days under the impact of Cyclone Titli that made landfall at Palasa near Gopalpur in Ganjam on Thursday morning.

Special relief commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said that the people in Balasore district were also affected by the flood.

The decision to deploy National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) as part of stepping up relief and rescue operation was taken at a high level meeting where chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took stock of the situation in the aftermath of the very severe cyclonic storm that battered the state.

In a view conference with the district collectors of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada Patnaik gave instructions for intensifying rescue and relief oeration on a war footing as miseries of the people got compounded due to the twin calamities of cyclone and floods.