Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Three people die as cyclone Titli hits Odisha coast

Three people die as cyclone Titli hits Odisha coast

Cyclone Titli, or Butterfly, had winds blowing up to 150 kph (95 mph) Thursday when it came onshore around daybreak, the India Meteorological Department said.

According to officials who are monitoring the cyclone from the coastal Doppler weather radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip, the cyclone is very likely to move north-westwards during the next 12 hours and then re-curve north-eastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha.

Cyclonic storm "Titli" on Thursday wreaked havoc in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh killing eight people.

Cyclone Titli, which intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" over the Bay of Bengal, made landfall near Gopalpur on India's east coast, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.

As cyclone "Titli" entered the land mass, some districts, including Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri, are receiving good amount of rainfall coupled with high speed wind.

Keeping in view the intensity of the storm, chief minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed state government's preparedness for the calamity at Secretariat this noon and asked all officers concerned to expedite evacuation of people in low-lying areas of vulnerable districts to cyclone shelters and nearby safer places with a focus on zero casualty.

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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.

Some districts of Odisha have experienced rainfall over 100mm.

While Gopalpur in Odisha reported surface winds at 126 kmph, Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh recorded wind speed of 56 kmph.

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. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

Maritime ports of: Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla, and Payra have been advised to keep local warning signal no 4 hoisted. "However, there is no flood-like situation as of now", said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

Special teams comprising officials from the R&B, SDMA, and state electricity board are monitoring the situation along national highways, to ensure quick restoration. He ordered for provision of adequate relief materials to the affected and needy.

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