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Cyclone Titli Makes Landfall in Odisha, No Loss of Life Reported

12 October 2018

It is likely to weaken gradually only after re-curving northeastward to move towards Gangetic West Bengal.

The people in the affected districts can contact on the Congress helpline numbers - 7609852131, 8895203001, 9861011962, 7008799364, 9348161633, 8847858020, 9937948868 and 9237010939.

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.

Around three lakh people from low laying cyclone vulnerable areas of coastal districts have been sheltered at 1112 relief camps.

Heavy rainfall continues to lash the districts, as the weather department warned that Cyclone Titli was very likely to maintain the intensity of a cyclone till Thursday evening with wind speed up to 90 kmph.

Categorized as a very severe cyclonic storm, Titli hit the Odisha coast near Gopalpur, at a speed of 140-150 kph on Thursday morning, reports NDTV.

As cyclone Titli intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, the Odisha government on Wednesday sounded high alert in five districts asking collectors to gear up administrative machinery to face possible exigencies arising out of the situation. All the 879 cyclone and flood shelters have also been kept in a state of preparedness.

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.

The official also said there were no reports of deaths due to electric shocks in the area.

According to data with the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), 3,000 hectares of paddy, 29 hectares of banana crops and 9,000 hectares of vegetable crops were damaged across two mandals in Srikakulam, Jalumuru, Polaki.

All schools and colleges will remain closed till Friday.

Rough waves hit the Visakhapatnam coastline under the influence of Cyclone Titli on Wednesday.

The students' union poll across the state scheduled for October 11 has been cancelled, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said.

The storm surge of height of about 1 metre above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low-lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda and Puri districts. Breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees.

Cyclone Titli Makes Landfall in Odisha, No Loss of Life Reported