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Cyclone Titli: Evacuation ordered in 5 Odisha districts

12 October 2018

Trees were uprooted and road connectivity was hit, as winds up to 140 kmph ravaged the coastal districts.

"The storm has caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in some districts of Odisha, damage to houses, street lights and roadblocks due to fallen trees", said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi. Odisha's Gopalpur reported 102 kmph wind velocity and Andhra Pradesh's Kalingapatnam reported 56 kmph surface wind speed. He expressed his satisfaction of "zero casualty" during this cyclonic storm that had its landfall near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh between 4.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. on Thursday.

In Vizianagaram, hundreds of acres of paddy and cashew nut fields were reported to be damaged and officials from the Revenue and Agricultural departments were still ascertaining the loss.

Efforts are on to clear roads blocked by uprooted trees and restore power supply in affected areas at the earliest, he said. "The evacuation operation was carried out soon after the warning was issued days before and people are now in relief camps", said Vishnu Pad Sethi, Relief Commissioner (DM), Odisha. IMD has issued extremely heavy rainfall warning for most of the districts till October 11. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

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Six of the victims were fishermen, who had put out to sea, an official at the Andhra Pradesh disaster management control room said.

The wind was blowing at about 150 kmph all through the night, and eased up after the cyclone crossed the coast and headed northwest on land.

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

On speaking about the area which is likely to face a severe wrath of the cyclone, " Srikakulam is under the danger radar since the place is close in proximity with the cyclone movement.

The cyclone caused widespread damage in the coastal areas of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of north Andhra Pradesh and in Odisha.

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.

"People will continue to remain in the relief camps at least till Friday, and will be shifted as the situation improves". Gajapati, Ganjam districts of Odisha got affected badly.

Officials in Odisha evacuated over 300,000 people, suspended operations at the port of Paradip and cancelled many trains and flights on Wednesday.

Cyclone Titli: Evacuation ordered in 5 Odisha districts