Cyclone Titli: Odisha evacutes 3 lakh people from coastal districts

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

The cyclone was upgraded to "very severe cyclonic storm". So far, about 1,000 people have been shifted to safer place, he said.

Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

Cyclone Titli tore into coastal areas of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states with winds of up to 150km/h (93mph).

Cyclone Titli, a very severe cyclonic storm, hit the Andhra Pradesh coast near Palasa in the southern state's Srikakulam district early on Thursday as it uprooted trees, twisted electric poles and dumped heavy rains in the area, weather officials said. Several teams of the Odisha Disaster Response Force (ODRF) were deployed in nine districts - Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Boudh and Kalahandi, according to the Home Ministry.

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

Several hundreds acres of crop were destroyed across Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Titli made landfall in neighbouring Odisha on Thursday.

This is the second severe cyclone alert for Odisha in the last two months, after "Cyclone Daye" crossed the Odisha coast on September 20 and triggered heavy downpour.

The CM stressed on his government's "zero casualty" disaster management policy.

The three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam experienced heavy rains and high-speed gales.

The districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam were all affected and a total of eight people were reported dead across the state.

While Gopalpur in Odisha reported surface winds at 126 kmph, Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh recorded wind speed of 56 kmph. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is slated to take a review of the overall damage caused by Cyclone Titli.

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.

The chief secretary of the state, Aditya Prasad Padhi, announced the closure of all schools, colleges and anganwadis on October 11 and 12. Authorities also set up more than 800 shelters stocked with food and relief materials.

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