Odisha gears up to face cyclone Titli

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

The Yo Vizag team is constantly in touch with the Cyclone Warning Centre and as per the reports, Titli took shape into a very severe cyclone.

Those evacuated were accommodated in more than 1,100 cyclone shelters, state officials added.

Thereafter, it is likely to re-curve northeastward, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually, said Director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas.

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.

Titli' is moving north westward over coastal Odisha causing heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts different parts of the State.

Casualties were low as administrations in both states had evacuated thousands of people from the low-lying coastal areas bordering the Bay of Bengal.

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.

In Bangladesh, Titli is likely to move Northwestwards and has started crossing the coast, said a special bulletin of the Met office.

Districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall till Thursday, the IMD said.

While Gopalpur reported 102 kmp, Kalingapatnam reported 56 kmp surface wind speed by 05.30 hrs IST today. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

Taking the situation into account the state government has canceled leaves for all government employees and has asked all officials who are on leave to join duty immediately, the chief secretary informed.

An 8-year-old boy drowned in a flooded canal in Ganjam district in Orissa state, where five people were also reported missing after being swept away by flood waters, the Press Trust of India reported.

Fishermen along the coast and central and north Bay of Bengal have been advised not to venture into sea till Friday.

The review meeting was attended by Chief Secretary A P Padhi, SRC B P Sethi, among others.

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