Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Odisha gears up to face cyclone Titli

Odisha gears up to face cyclone Titli

According to State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC), three people died in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, and no loss of life was reported in Odisha. Nearly three lakh people have been evacuated in Odisha.

As it hit the coast, the sustained winds were 165 kilometres per hour, meaning the system would have been classed as a category 2 hurricane if it were rated on the 5-point Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

Several districts, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Kandhamal, Boudh and Dhenkanal were expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall till Thursday.

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Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 3,000 people from highly vulnerable areas have been evacuated to safety while over 1,000 houses were damaged in the cyclone. "Keeping in mind heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast, we have made a decision to declare holidays for schools and educational institutions in four districts from tomorrow", said Padhi. Fishermen along the Odisha coast, and central and north Bay of Bengal were advised not to venture into sea till Friday. Weather officials have issued warnings to local fishermen and teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) are on alert.

"All ships have been removed from the harbour", he said.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said train services will remain suspended between Khurda Road and Vizianagram from both directions after 10 pm Wednesday till further notice. The college students union elections, earlier scheduled to be held on Thursday, have also been cancelled.

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Titli's effect was also seen in Jharkhand where areas neighbouring Odisha experienced rainfall.

"It is very likely to weaken gradually, becoming a cyclonic storm around evening and a deep depression by morning of 12 October and a depression by noon", stated IMD. All the 836 cyclone and flood shelters have also been kept prepared and adequate relief materials arranged, he said.

There were reports from Orissa's districts of Ganjam and Gajapati of trees being uprooted along with electricity and communication poles affecting vehicular movement, power distribution and telephone network, Sethi said.

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The districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam were all affected and a total of eight people were reported dead across the state.

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