Friday, 14 December, 2018

Cyclone Titli: Eastern India battered by deadly storm

Strong winds and heavy rain pounds Brahmapur in Odisha state Strong winds and heavy rain pounds Brahmapur in Odisha state
Patty Aguilar | 12 October, 2018, 06:49

Titli Cyclone has been upgraded to "very severe cyclonic storm". He said that District Collectors were authorised to take decisions on evacuated people - as to whether they stay in cyclone shelters or go home.

After the landfall, the system is very likely to re-curve gradually northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

Because of damages caused by the cyclone near Palasa, East Coast Railway has not yet resumed train services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizainagaram in Andhra Pradesh, which had been stalled from 10PM on Wednesday.

The storm has moved northwards with a speed of 14kmph and is centred about 320km south-southeast of Gopalpur coast in Odisha and 270km southeast of Kalingapatnam coasts in Andhra Pradesh at present.

Affected districts are Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore districts.

Several hundreds acres of crop were destroyed across Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Titli made landfall in neighbouring Odisha on Thursday.

Cyclone Titli is expected to make landfall at the Odisha coast at around 5:30 am tomorrow.

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"Officials of all the departments of the state government including Revenue, Agriculture, Fisheries, Police, Roads and Buildings and State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) are on board the rescue operation", the SP added.

Strong gusts caused a storm surge with waters inundating low-lying areas in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and the winds, on par with a Category 2 hurricane, wreaked havoc on infrastructure, blocking roads and hampering emergency work.

The IMD advised total suspension of fishing operations and shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places.

The officer said that Gajapati district, which was most affected, received more than 200 mm of rainfall while Mohana block in the district received the maximum rainfall of 315 mm.

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

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation and administrative measures to face aftermath of Titli, at State secretariat in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

The students' union poll across the state scheduled for October 11 has been cancelled, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said.

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