Landfall Process For Very Severe Cyclone ‘Titli’ Starts At Odisha’s Gopalpur

Strong winds and heavy rain pounds Brahmapur in Odisha state

"There may be flooding of the Vansadhara river as Gajapati and Rayagada districts received heavy rainfall due to the cyclone", he added.

"We believe that the entire state, except some western parts, is likely to receive rain throughout the day".

Efforts are on to clear roads blocked by uprooted trees and restore power supply in affected areas at the earliest, he said.

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.

Chief Secretary A P Padhi said the district administration of Ganjam has already started evacuating people in Gopalpur area, where very severe cyclone "Titli" is likely to make a landfall at about 5.30 am Thursday.

Road communication between Paralakhemundi and Mohana and some other block headquarters in Gajapati had been disrupted under the impact of the cyclone, he said.

The APSDMA said that 68 electricity poles were damaged across Srikakulam district.

The very severe cyclonic storm Titli carrying 165 kmph winds and heavy rain slammed into the Srikakulam coast before dawn on Thursday, leaving seven persons dead and a swathe of destruction in its wake in the district and in Vizianagaram.

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The system is now moving northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and it will weaken gradually, it said.

Around three lakh people have been evacuated so far in the coastal state and 1,112 relief camps set up for the evacuees.

Special teams comprising officials from the R&B, SDMA, and state electricity board are monitoring the situation along national highways, to ensure quick restoration.

Thirteen NDRF teams were deployed in ten districts while ODRAF teams were deployed in nine districts. "No other airline has cancelled its flights".

"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. It has been categorised as a "very severe cyclonic storm" and prompted evacuation of people from five coastal districts in Odisha. A total of 105 pregnant women in Ganjam and 18 in Jgatsinghpur were shifted to hospitals. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

Fishermen along the coast and central and north Bay of Bengal have been advised not to venture into sea till Friday.

Cyclone Titli has made landfall on the eastern Indian state of Odisha, the country's weather department says.

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