Cyclone Titli hits Odisha coast: More than 300,000 evacuated

Leroy Wright
October 12, 2018

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 14 teams in Orissa and four teams in Andhra Pradesh along with necessary rescue equipments, an official statement said.

"We have not yet sought help of Army".

The Odisha Chief Minister's office in a tweet said schools and colleges across the state would remain closed for the next two days.

The two deaths were reported from the city of Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclone Titli made landfall near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh. The system is very likely to move northwestwards for next 12 hours and then re-curve northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha, said Biswas.

The India Met Department (IMD) said in an evening update that the cyclone "Titli" was located last over South Odisha about 110 km West of Gopalpur and 140 km South-West of Phulbani. G.Udaygiri in Kandhamal district recorded the highest 351 mm rainfall followed by 319 mm of rainfall in Kantapada of Cuttack district.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) rated Titli as a "very severe cyclonic storm" that could pack gusts of up to 165 kph by the time it makes landfall early on Thursday.

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Red alert has been issued for districts of north Andhra Pradesh & south Odisha coasts.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said train services will remain suspended between Khurda Road and Vizianagram from both directions after 10 pm Wednesday till further notice. In view of adverse weather conditions, it has advised hoisting of local warning signal LW-4 at all ports of Odisha.

Odisha's Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said so far there had been no reports of casualties in the state.

He informed that the government will take a decision for closure of educational institutions in other parts of the state after monitoring the situation on Wednesday.

Around 300 motor boats have been arranged to assist in rescue operation as there is a likelihood of flood situation due to possibility of heavy rains till October 11.

"We have been moving people to safe places at Chikiti, Dharakote, Patrapur and Sanakhemundi blocks of Ganjam district as river Rushikulya is in spate".

Cyclone "Titli" triggered heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts of Odisha, while damage of hutments and asbestos-roofed houses, street lights, road blockade due to uprooted trees were reported from Ganjam.

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