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

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

Reports of trees, electric poles getting uprooted and damages to kuchha houses were reported, officials said, adding that road communication in some places, including Gopalpur and Berhampur, was snapped.

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. Odisha's Gopalpur reported 102 kmph wind velocity and Andhra Pradesh's Kalingapatnam reported 56 kmph surface wind speed.

According to the local administration, the situation is under control, as the wind speed has begun to decrease and the cyclone is dissipating.

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 eye of the storm, which intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" over the Bay of Bengal, made landfall early Thursday in coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states.

Padhi said immediate evacuation was being launched in view of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of a tidal surge of about 1 m during landfall of cyclone "Titli".The chief secretary said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) personnel have already been positioned in vulnerable districts.

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The weatherman warned fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off the coasts of West Bengal, Odisha, deep sea areas of North Bay and Central Bay of Bengal till 12 October.

Rainfall is predicted in North and South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Burdwan, East and West Midnapore, Nadia and Murshidabad. The state-owned road transport corporation suspended all bus services on the Andhra-Odisha border area.

Wednesday's 12839 Howrah-Chennai Mail has been rescheduled to leave Howrah at 8 am Thursday, while 12660 Gurudev Express of Wednesday will leave Shalimar at 8.15 am the next day.

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.

The weather system was expected to curve to the northeast and weaken gradually, India's weather bureau said.

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