105 pregnant women were shifted to different hospitals in Odisha on Wednesday night before the cyclone hit the Andhra-Odisha costal belt.

10 cyclone babies named Titli in OdishaImage for representation
news Human interest Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:16

As the life in the coastal belt of Andhra and Odisha is limping back to normal after a ravaging cyclone, a couple of parents have named their newborns ‘Titli’ after the destructive cyclone that struck the coast last week. As many as nine newborn baby girls at a community health centre in Aska in Odisha were named Titli, which means butterfly in Hindi, after they were born between the late night of Wednesday and early hours of Thursday.

Many women were admitted to the hospitals and clinics after the cyclonic wind picked up on Wednesday night. Majority of them gave birth to their babies in the wee hours of Thursday and named them Titli, as the cyclone left a trail of destruction in the state.

Mohan Barik, a gynaecologist at Aska, said as many as nine babies were born between Wednesday night and Thursday 11 pm. Speaking to TNM, he said, “All of them were girls, and we decided to name the babies born after Wednesday midnight Titli.”

“All the newborns and mothers are doing fine,” he added.

Similarly, four other families at the sub-divisional hospital at Chatrapur also named their babies after the cyclone. At the community health centre in Hinjili, out of the four babies born on Thursday, one was a girl and the hospital staff fondly called her Titli.

During the evacuation, 105 pregnant women were shifted to different hospitals on Wednesday night before the storm hit the land. The district authorities made arrangements to help at least 64 women to travel safely to the nearby health centres and deliver babies on Wednesday and Thursday.

The death toll in Odisha due to cyclone Titli has climbed up to 15. An estimated number of 60 lakh people have been reportedly affected by the calamity. Electricity and safe drinking water supply are yet to be restored in many parts of the state. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced a relief of Rs 3,000 for a family of four, who lost their belongings in the ravaging storm.

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