Landfall Process For Very Severe Cyclone ‘Titli’ Starts At Odisha’s Gopalpur

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

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.

Another ground-level report from Berhampur said that there was just a drizzle and winds up to a maximum speed of 70 km/hr and not much damage till 7:30 AM this morning. After chairing a meeting of state officials, Padhi said that Ganjam has seen the most damage and an exact assessment can be made only after strong winds subside.

Bhubaneswar: With cyclone Titli intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday and is most likely to cross the Gopalpur coast early on Thursday, the Odisha government has directed the departments concerned to ensure zero casualty.

"We had evacuated 300,000 residents from coastal areas of five districts where the storm was to make landfall as a precautionary measure", said Sethi. "The city would be experiencing gusty winds at the speed more than 120km/hr".

"The centre of the eye of the cyclone that lies over land moved toward Gopalpur in Odisha after hitting the coast in Andhra Pradesh".

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All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and the deep sea have been advised to remain sheltered till further notice. Rain will continue in places around Ranchi till tomorrow, said BK Mandal, Director, IMD, Ranchi.

According to IMD, the areas that are likely to face the wrath of the severe cyclonic storm include Puri, Balasore, Gajpati, Ganjam, and Kendrapara.

Andhra Pradesh State Transport Corporation suspended its bus services as uprooted trees blocked roads at several places.

"Long distance trains slated to pass through East Coast Railway jurisdiction between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram on Howrah-Chennai main line may be diverted via Kharagpur-Jharsuguda-Nagpur-Balharshah-Vijayawada route", he said. Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

The IMD said rainfall would be accompanied by gale wind speed reaching 140 to 150 kmph and gusting to 165 kmph along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.The sea condition is very high over west-central Bay of Bengal.

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