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Odisha: Parents name their newborn daughters ‘Titli’ after cyclone

A lot of families in Odisha’s Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur and Nayagarh districts have named their newborn daughters ‘Titli’ who were born before or during the cyclone.

Cyclone Titli packing winds of up to 150 kmph and widespread rains hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh killing nine people on October 11. About 3 lakh people were evacuated from five coastal districts, a day before the cyclone made landfall.

Twenty-year-old A Allemma of Paradip, who gave birth to twins at the sub-divisional hospital in Chhatrapur on October 11 when the cyclone made landfall at Palasa, wants to name the newborns ‘Titli’ which means butterfly.

Similarly, Bimla Das of Plurugada also chose the same name for her daughter, who was born at the sub-divisional hospital. At the community health centre in Aska, nine baby girls were born between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

“We have decided to name the babies which were delivered after Wednesday midnight as Titli,” said Mohan Barik, the gynecology specialist of the hospital.

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