Cyclone Titli: No casualty in Odisha till 2 p.m.

Clay Curtis
October 12, 2018

Director of Meteorological (MeT) Centre Bhubaneswar H.R. Biswas said the "very severe cyclonic storm" is being monitored by the coastal Doppler Weather Radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip. In 1999, a devastating cyclone killed more than 15,000 people.

It is likely to weaken gradually only after re-curving northeastward to move towards Gangetic West Bengal.

It was likely to make landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh early on Thursday at a wind speed of 145 kmph.

According to a statement issued by the Home Ministry, the cyclone crossed the north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coast near Palasa in Srikakulam district to the southwest of Gopalpur with estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph between 430 hours and 0530 hours.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik took stock of the situation on Wednesday and had asked district collectors evacuate people in the low-laying areas in the coastal belt.

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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.

"The process of landfall has started and it will completely cross the Odisha coast in one or two hours". Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are expected to receive very heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, the IMD said. SRC Bishnupada Sethi said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which is in touch with the state government has also alerted Indian Navy and Air force.

The three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam experienced heavy rains and high-speed gales. Gajapati, Ganjam districts of Odisha got affected badly.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and the deep sea have been advised to remain sheltered till further notice.

Around 300,000 people were evacuated and 879 multi-purpose cyclone and flood shelters were kept in readiness for sheltering the rescued people. Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, who attended the meeting, in his address to media said units of NDRF, ODRAF and fire services personnel have been deployed in vulnerable districts. "Adequate relief provisions have been made".

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