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NEW DELHI – As many as 21 people have been killed in floods and heavy rains, triggered by cyclone Titli in eastern Indian state of Odisha.

The deaths were reported from the districts of Gajapati, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Cuttack, Keonjhar and Angul since Thursday when the severe cyclonic storm made landfall in the state.

The rockslide took place near Baraghara village in Gajapati district when a group of 22 people took shelter in the cave near a hillock to escape Titli. Four others were still missing.

Cyclone Titli hit Odisha and the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh Thursday, before it weakened into a deep depression.

The MeT department Friday issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal till Saturday. The incessant rain has affected Bengal’s Jhargam and Paschim Medinipur districts adjoining Odisha.

Last month, torrential rain that began in Kerala on August 8 killed over 300 people, destroyed tens of thousands of homes, and washed away roads and bridges, leading to an estimated loss of at least $2.85 billion.