Cyclone Titli makes landfall

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India
Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power
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12 October, 2018

The people in the affected districts can contact on the Congress helpline numbers - 7609852131, 8895203001, 9861011962, 7008799364, 9348161633, 8847858020, 9937948868 and 9237010939. Road and telecommunication has been disrupted in several parts of Gajapati district.

Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh, and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts of Odisha are the pointed out places under the danger radar.

There were no deaths reported but trees and electricity poles were uprooted, officials told PTI, with roads and makeshift mud-brick houses also damaged.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has classified it as a "very severe cyclone".

According to a statement issued by the Home Ministry, the cyclone crossed the north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coast near Palasa in Srikakulam district to the southwest of Gopalpur with estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph between 430 hours and 0530 hours.

In Ganjam, reports of damage to hutments and other structures and uprooting of trees were received from some areas, he said.

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The landfall process has been completed and "the centre of eye of cyclone "Titli" lies over the land", the IMD said.

People in coastal areas of Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh are preparing to face the full onslaught of the cyclone.

Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually. While four NDRF teams have been deployed in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam, Srikakulum and Vijaynagram. On the other hand, keeping the situation in view the state government declared closure of schools, colleges, Anganwadi Centres and other educational institutions across state for two days on October 11 and 12.

"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. Fishermen along the Odisha coast, and central and north Bay of Bengal were advised not to venture into sea till Friday.

Patnaik also asked officials to ensure relief facility in areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.


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