Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

While several areas in coastal Odisha were lashed by rain Wednesday, the IMD has forecast "heavy to very heavy rainfall" at several places and "extremely heavy rainfall" at isolated areas till Thursday under the impact of the "very severe" cyclonic storm which has been gaining strength.

During its north westward movement it will weaken gradually and re-curve north eastward towards Gangetic West Bengal.

Seven people killed as Titli makes landfall near Palasa in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

A truck driver comes out from his vehicle to take shelter during rain and strong winds caused by cyclonic storm named Titli, or Butterfly near Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal coast, Ganjam district, eastern Orissa state, India, Thursday, Oct.11, 2018.

The Odisha state government has evacuated more than 300,000 people from coastal districts.

Titli Cyclone wreaks havoc in Gopalpur and Berhampur of Ganjam district ahead of its landfall; many trees and utility poles have been uprooted.

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. Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are expected to receive very heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, the IMD said.

Some districts of Odisha have experienced rainfall over 100mm.

While Gopalpur reported 102 kmp, Kalingapatnam reported 56 kmp surface wind speed by 05.30 hrs IST today. It is very likely to be phenomenal over the west-central and the adjoining north Bay of Bengal and along and off the south Odisha coast till Thursday, it said.

Special teams comprising officials from the R&B, SDMA, and state electricity board are monitoring the situation along national highways, to ensure quick restoration. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors. 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.

Sethi informed that the evacuation operation has already started in low-laying areas of coastal districts and 753 persons have already been shifted to safer places in Ganjam so far.

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