Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

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

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

Titli Cyclone has been upgraded to "very severe cyclonic storm".

Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

Bhubaneshwar has cancelled the RRB Group D exam that was scheduled to be held on October 11 and 12 in various centres which comes under its jurisdiction as the Cyclone Titli is expected to make landfall at the Odisha coast at around 5:30 am tomorrow.

Tropical cyclone "Titli", with gusts of up to 165 kph (100 mph), made landfall in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said.

As cyclone "Titli" entered the land mass, some districts, including Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri, are receiving good amount of rainfall coupled with high speed wind.

As part of its pre-cyclone preparedness, the Odisha government has evacuated over 3 lakh people living in low-lying areas of the five coastal districts ahead of the landfall.

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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. The state's disaster management chief, D Varaprasad, said that shortages of drinking water were a concern in many areas.

While Gopalpur reported 102 kmp, Kalingapatnam reported 56 kmp surface wind speed by 05.30 hrs IST today.

During the next 18 hours, it will intensify further and is likely to move north-northwestwards to cross Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coast.

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. The CWC has asked the ports to lower the danger signals. This meeting was attended by State chief secretary, development commissioner, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), heads of various departments and director of the meteorology department.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation and administrative measures to face aftermath of Titli, at State secretariat in Bhubaneswar 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. He ordered for provision of adequate relief materials to the affected and needy.

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