Cyclone Titli to hit Odisha-Andhra border early Thursday, schools shut

12 October, 2018, 12:50 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • 2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

"Titli will completely cross the Odisha coast in two to three hours", Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Director H.R. Biswas said.

The cyclonic storm Titli made landfall near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district early on Thursday, bringing with it strong winds that uprooted trees and heavy rainfall.

Following table would showcase the rainfall figures recorded across Odisha during the last 24 hours from 8:30 am.

"For relief and rescue operations, the NDRF teams have been deployed in Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts while the ODRAF teams have been deployed in Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kalahandi districts".

A cyclone packing winds of over 125 kilometres (80 miles) per hour and heavy rains hit eastern India early Thursday, local media reported, with over 300,000 people evacuated from low-lying areas.

Heavy to very heavy rain is being forecast for Assam and Meghalaya; heavy to very heavy over plains of Bengal, Odisha and the North-Eastern States; and heavy rain over Jharkhand, hills of Bengal, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Fishermen have been advised against venturing into the sea in view of adverse weather conditions, he added.

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In Bangladesh, Titli is likely to move Northwestwards and has started crossing the coast, said a special bulletin of the Met office.

At least 300,000 people have been evacuated from the low lying areas of five coastal districts in Odisha state. SRC Bishnupada Sethi said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which is in touch with the state government has also alerted Indian Navy and Air force.

The districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam were all affected and a total of eight people were reported dead across the state.

The system is now moving northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and it will weaken gradually, it said.

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi announced that all schools, colleges and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday. So far, about 1,000 people have been shifted to safer place, he said.

There were reports from Orissa's districts of Ganjam and Gajapati of trees being uprooted along with electricity and communication poles affecting vehicular movement, power distribution and telephone network, Sethi said.

Effect of the landfall of the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm was also largely felt in Bhanjanagar and Aska.

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