At least 8 people have died in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts due to cyclone Titli. Power supply and communication systems have been affected in both districts while coastal villages are cut off from the mainland as the roads are damaged.
The very severe cyclone Titli, that made landfall in Palasa-Srikakulam south-west of Odisha’s Gopalpur with a wind speed of 126 kmph on Thursday morning, changed direction and spared Odisha on Thursday. The storm hasn’t caused much damage as expected. According to reports, the cyclonic storm made a landfall between 4:30 am and 5:30 am.
The cyclone has crossed Andhra Pradesh South Odisha coast near 108° north and 84.5° east to South West of Gopalpur. According to the IMD, landfall process will continue for next 2-3 hours as wall cloud in the rear sector of the cyclone is yet to enter completely into the land.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation in the coastal districts as severe cyclonic storm Titli inched closer to Odisha-Andhra coast. Meteorological Center Bhubaneswar has issued heavy rainfall warning for next three days in Odisha in the light of cyclonic storm Titli. Cyclone warning for districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts have also been issued.
Schools and colleges have been shut as severe cyclonic storm Titli inches closer to Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Odisha government has geared up to face the situation setting a target of zero casualty. Reports say Cyclonic storm Titli has intensified into Severe Cyclonic Storm (SCS) and is likely to cross between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around October 11 morning.
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The North-east districts of Jharkhand have been affected due to Titli cyclone. Rain will continue in places around Ranchi till tomorrow, says BK Mandal, Director, IMD, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Speaking on Titli cyclone, Srinivas, Duty Officer, Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, said north Andhra Pradesh is likely to experience wind speed from 50-60 kmph till evening today. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea as very rough to high conditions are still prevailing over west central Bay of Bengal.
Srinivas said immediately after landfall, the very severe cyclonic storm sped with 140-150 kmph. Gradually, it was weakening. Now it will come down to 50-60 kmph. It
At least 8 people have died in Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts due to cyclone Titli. Power supply and communication systems are affected in both districts. Coastal villages are cut off from the mainland as the roads are damaged.
According to reports, cyclone Titli has partially destroyed Palasa railway station in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
Keeping in view the devastating impact of the cyclone, the following trains have been cancelled:
1) The train No. 12864 Yesvantpur-Howrah Express leaving Yesvantpur on 10.10.2018 cancelled .
2) The train No. 12509 Bengaluru-Guwahati Express leaving Bengaluru on 10.10.2018 is cancelled.
3) The train No. 15227 Yesvantpur-Muzaffarpur Express leaving Yesvantpur on 10.10.2018 is cancelled
According to reports, at least 2 people have been died in Andhra Pradesh after the very severe cyclonic storm battered north coastal districts of the state on Thursday.
Personnel of the the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been kept on standby at Chilika lake.
A fishing boat with 5 fishermen onboard capsized in Gopalpur owing to severe cyclonic storm, however, one of the three disaster and rescue teams operating in Gopalpur and Paradip area rescued all five fishermen and brought them to safety: Indian Coast Guard
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government and authorities are on alert and ready to deal with the crisis and unsound situation.
Government and authorities are on alert. It is the need of the hour for everyone to come forward. I am confident that this crisis will be handled in a proper way with everyone's support: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan #TitliCyclone pic.twitter.com/H9N7ZuaqL4— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2018
Titli Cyclone hits South Odisha's Gopalpur at 5:30 am today.
#Visuals from Ganjam's Gopalpur after #TitliCyclone made landfall in the region at 5:30 am today. 10,000 people from low lying areas had been evacuated to govt shelters till last night. #Odisha pic.twitter.com/HEYog0DNe7— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2018
The relief teams have evacuated people living the low lying areas to relief camps in Gopalpur.
Winds at 120 km/ph speed have been reported from the Gopalpur.
Even before #TitliCyclone makes landfall, winds at Gopalpur are already reported at 120 kmph. This is quite alarming. The latest IMD bulletin is self-explanatory in this regard pic.twitter.com/gkwLyTeu39— Dr. Sasmit Patra (@sasmitpatra) October 10, 2018
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Estimated speed of the wind (Area wise)
Notice for closure of schools
Srikakulam is expected to take the full brunt of the cyclonic storm
Three coastal districts in Andhra Pradesh - Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram - have been put on high alert as Cyclone Titli intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm over the west-central Bay of Bengal. Srikakulam is expected to take the full brunt of the cyclonic storm.
CM Naveen Patnaik reviews preparedness
CM ordered all schools, colleges, anganwadis to remain shut for next two days; people living in low lying areas in affected districts to be relocated to safe places
CM @Naveen_Odisha reviewed preparedness for cyclonic storm #Titli & ordered officials to target #zerocasualty. He also ordered all schools, colleges, anganwadis to remain shut for next two days; people living in low lying areas in affected districts to be relocated to safe places pic.twitter.com/MpbSDtc9P9— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) October 10, 2018
Red warning for Odisha
Authorities ready for evacuation if situation demands
According to reports, the Special Relief Commissioner has asked the Collectors of affected districts to ensure that 836 numbers of multi-purpose shelters are kept ready to accommodate maximum people and directed the officials to evacuate people in the risk zones if the situation demands.
The following flights have been cancelled by IndiGo6E on Thursday, as per a TV report
Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exam cancelled
Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exam that was scheduled on 11&12 Oct in Bhubaneswar,Cuttack,Dhenkanal, Sambalpur,Khurda and Berhamapur has been cancelled.Revised dates and place to be sent to candidates on their registered mobile no&email
NDRF teams deployed
Six teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been sent to Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts and seven Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units have been deployed in Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Kalahandi districts, OTV reported
Which areas will be worst affected?
Tropical cyclone Titli is likely to affect Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts of Odisha.
Danger signal number 4 has been hoisted at all ports and fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea in view of storm surge till October 12.
Speed at landfall to be around 150km/hour
Wind speed of the storm during the landfall will be around 140 to 150 km per hour and gusting up to 165 km per pour in south coastal Odisha, said HR Biswas, Director, Bhubaneswar Regional Meteorological Centre.
Cyclone Titli affects normalcy
As a fallout, all school, colleges and Anganwadi centres in Odisha
Cyclone Titli to hit coastal ares of Odisha
Media reports say coastal regions of Odisha and northern parts of Andhra Pradesh are expected to be hit hard by cyclone Titli. The word, which means butterfly in Hindi, is known as 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm' and will reportedly hit Odisha coast on early Thursday.
In the view of cyclone Titli train services between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram will not be allowed after 2200 hours and UP Trains from Howrah/Kharagpur side will not be allowed from Bhadrak after 1715 hours till further notice: East Coast Railway
In the view of cyclone Titli, Down trains from Hyderabad/Visakhapatnam side will not be allowed from Duvvada after 1840 hours and no movement of passenger trains will take place between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram section after 2200 hours, till further advice: East Coast Railway