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13 Oct 2018

Parents name their newborn girls after cyclone 'Titli' in Odisha

Newborn girls named after cyclone 'Titli' in Odisha

As people in the coastal belt of Odisha battled cyclone 'Titli', several mothers rushed to name their newborns after the cyclone that left behind a trail of destruction in the state.

Several families in Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, and Nayagarh have named their newborn daughters as 'Titli' because they were born either before the very severe cyclone's arrival in the coast or after it made landfall.

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Newborn girls named after cyclone 'Titli' in Odisha
Meet the Titlis from Chhatrapur

'Titli'

Meet the Titlis from Chhatrapur

Twenty-year-old A Allemma of Paradip, who gave birth to twins at the sub-divisional hospital at Chhatrapur on Thursday morning, at the time of landfall of Titli at Palasa, wants to name the newborns 'Titli' which means butterfly in Hindi.

Similarly, Bimla Das (29) of Plurugada, wants to name her baby girl after the storm. The baby was born at around 7 am on Thursday.

CHC, Aska

CHC in Aska decides to name all newborns girls 'Titli'

In the Community Health Center (CHC) in Aska, as many as nine babies were born between Wednesday night and 11 am on Thursday. All of them were girls.

The center decided to name all the babies as Titli.

A baby was born to Gitanjali Gouda (20) of Kalasuta village at about 2:10 am. The baby's parents gladly accepted the proposal of the name.

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100 pregnant women admitted in Ganjam district during the cyclone

Ganjam district

100 pregnant women admitted in Ganjam district during the cyclone

At the Community Health Center Hinjili, at least four babies were born since Wednesday evening.

Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Ganjam, Sadananda Mishra, said they have admitted over 100 pregnant women in different hospitals in the district on Wednesday for safe delivery.

Of them, at least 64 women have delivered during the night hour and Thursday morning.

Earlier cases

Not the first time Odisha people named newborns after calamity

Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Jagatsinghpur, Ashok Pattnaik said, "Of the 18 women admitted ahead of the cyclone, six have delivered babies."

This is not the first occasion when the people of Odisha have named children after a cyclone. During the super cyclone in 1999, where about 10,000 people were killed, many parents had named their babies after the name of the calamity.

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