Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha crosses coast

Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha crosses coast

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. "The evacuation operation was carried out soon after the warning was issued days before and people are now in relief camps", said Vishnu Pad Sethi, Relief Commissioner (DM), Odisha.

Cyclone hit the coast along the Bay of Bengal with surface wind speeds of 140 to 150 kilometres per hour.

Director of the metereological centre at Bhubaneswar, HR Biswas, said heavy to very heavy rainfall will continue to pound parts of the state, including Balasore, Bhadrak and Dhenkanal districts, till Saturday.

Around 300,000 people were evacuated and 879 multi-purpose cyclone and flood shelters were kept in readiness for sheltering the rescued people. G.Udaygiri in Kandhamal district recorded the highest 351 mm rainfall followed by 319 mm of rainfall in Kantapada of Cuttack district.

Fishermen have been advised by the Met department not to venture into the sea along and off West Bengal coast, Odisha coast, deep sea areas of North Bay and Central Bay of Bengal till October 12. He said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) personnel have already been positioned in vulnerable districts.

A cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard on Thursday, destroying huts, uprooting trees, snapping power lines and telephone poles, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

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Meanwhile, the storm, as expected, has triggered heavy rainfall across Odisha, especially in the coastal belt triggering flood like situation in the low-lying areas.

Speaking to TNM, Vizianagaram Superintendent of Police G Pala Raju said, "As far as this district is concerned, two mandals, Gummalakshmipuram and Parvathipuram, were affected the most".

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

Bangladesh's coastal districts were also warned to prepare for possible storm effects there.

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

The severe cyclone damaged mud huts and uprooted trees and electric poles Thursday in eastern India where authorities have moved almost 300,000 people to higher ground.

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