Cyclone Titli: Evacuation ordered in 5 Odisha districts

Cyclone Titli: Evacuation ordered in 5 Odisha districts

The Titli Cyclone is inches away to hit the coastline of Andhra Pradesh.

Roads in Paralakhemundi, Kashinagar, Mohana and Gosani were severely damaged resulting in disruption of vehicular movement in the areas, the SRC said, adding that there were no reports of fatalities. Srikakulam district bore the brunt of the storm as strong winds uprooted a large number of coconut trees.

Water Resources secretary Pradip Jena said that since the IMD has predicted extremely heavy rainfall in south Odisha, there is a possibility of flood in Rushikulya and Bansadhara rivers and their tributaries.

Tropical cyclone "Titli," with gusts of up to 165 kph (100 mph), made landfall in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said.

This is the second severe cyclone alert for Odisha in the last two months, after "Cyclone Daye" crossed the Odisha coast on September 20 and triggered heavy downpour.

Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 3,000 people from highly vulnerable areas have been evacuated to safety while over 1,000 houses were damaged in the cyclone.


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. On the other hand, keeping the situation in view the state government declared closure of schools, colleges, Anganwadi Centres and other educational institutions across state for two days on October 11 and 12.

In wake of the cyclone and subsequent rainfall, several trains and flights from Bhubaneswar have been cancelled.

"Operations at Paradip have been suspended and all ships have been shifted to deep sea", said the Deputy Conservator of Paradip Port, Captain A.K. Mohapatra. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

Maritime ports of: Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla, and Payra have been advised to keep local warning signal no 4 hoisted.

The sea conditions will be "very rough" (wave heights of eight feet) over West-Central and North Bay of Bengal and along and off south Odisha and adjoining North Andhra Pradesh coasts until Friday morning and gradually improve thereafter. Several teams of the Odisha Disaster Response Force (ODRF) were deployed in nine districts - Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Boudh and Kalahandi, according to the Home Ministry.

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