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Cyclone Titli: 3 Lakh Evacuated in Odisha, Flood Fears Arise

12 October 2018, 06:49 | Erica Roy

Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

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

The storm is likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday morning, it said. Gajapati, Ganjam districts of Odisha got affected badly.

Around three lakh people from low laying cyclone vulnerable areas of coastal districts have been sheltered at 1112 relief camps.

Uddanam region with seven mandals in Srikakulam district bore the brunt of Cyclone Titli with heavy damages of coconut and cashew plantations. Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara are the district where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked officials to evacuate people from low-lying areas to safer places.

The latest India Meteorological Department (IMD) report said cyclone Titli made the landfall between 4.30 and 5.30 am in south-west coast of Gopalpur near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh with an estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph.

All schools, colleges, and Anganwadi centres will remain closed on 11th & 12th October in Odisha as Cyclone Titli will make landfall in the coastal state on Thursday.

Around 300 boats have been arranged ahead of the storm for assistance in the rescue operation and all 879 cyclone and flood shelters have been kept on standby. While four NDRF teams have been deployed in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam, Srikakulum and Vijaynagram.

Rough waves hit the Visakhapatnam coastline under the influence of Cyclone Titli on Wednesday.

The official also said there were no reports of deaths due to electric shocks in the area.

Communications to Srikakulam and within the district were disrupted and bus services were stopped due to the cyclone. This meeting was attended by State chief secretary, development commissioner, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), heads of various departments and director of the meteorology department.

On speaking about the area which is likely to face a severe wrath of the cyclone, " Srikakulam is under the danger radar since the place is close in proximity with the cyclone movement. Breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees.

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