Friday, 16 November, 2018

Cyclone Titli Weakens Into Deep Depression, Heavy Rain Likely In Odisha

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power
Kenny Thornton | 12 October, 2018, 12:48

The storm has moved northwards with a speed of 14kmph and is centred about 320km south-southeast of Gopalpur coast in Odisha and 270km southeast of Kalingapatnam coasts in Andhra Pradesh at present.

"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 cyclonic storm "Titli" that turned into "a very severe cylconic storm" before its landfall early on Thursday morning triggered intense rain and gales in parts of Srikakulam and Vizainagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh.

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. It also forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall for Kandhamal, Boudh and Dhenkanal district from Thursday.

The latest observations indicate that "Titli", over west-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 19 kmph during the past six hours.

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

The India Met Department (IMD) said in an evening update that the cyclone "Titli" was located last over South Odisha about 110 km West of Gopalpur and 140 km South-West of Phulbani.

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

The IMD advised a total suspension of fishing operations and shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places.

Maritime ports of: Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla, and Payra have been advised to keep local warning signal no 4 hoisted.

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

The member-secretary of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had a conversation with the state government on Wednesday, informing that the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force team are kept ready to take up relief and rescue operations, he added. "Adequate relief provisions have been made".

Road communication between Berhampur-Kanamunda in Ganjam district disrupted as trees have been uprooted at many places under the influence of CycloneTitli; ODRAF team on the spot.

It has been decided in the meeting chaired by the chief secretary that all schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres in the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur will remain closed on October 10 and October 11.

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