Vizag under danger radar as Titli Cyclone inches towards the coastline

Vizag under danger radar as Titli Cyclone inches towards the coastline

Vizag under danger radar as Titli Cyclone inches towards the coastline

While Gopalpur in Odisha reported surface winds at 126 kmph, Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh recorded wind speed of 56 kmph.

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

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) rated Titli as a "very severe cyclonic storm" that could pack gusts of up to 165 kph by the time it makes landfall early on Thursday. A high wind regime will prevail over Odisha and Bengal coasts until Friday morning.

Affected districts are Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore districts.

A cyclone packing winds of over 125 kilometres (80 miles) per hour and heavy rains hit eastern India early Thursday, local media reported, with over 300,000 people evacuated from low-lying areas. "Keeping in mind heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast, we have made a decision to declare holidays for schools and educational institutions in four districts from tomorrow", said Padhi.

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.

"All ships have been removed from the harbour", he said.

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

BHUBANESWAR, India: A cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard on Thursday, killing at least five people, destroying huts, uprooting trees, snapping telephone poles and power lines and leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity.

The chief secretary said so far, 10 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and eight teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in various coastal and interior districts.

In a video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed that the state has taken precautions to deal with the situation.

The Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday, October 9, issued a red alert to the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha as Cyclone Titli is set to intensify in the next 24 hours.

According to Skymet Weather, Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Titli would continue to sustain a strength of cyclonic storm till Thursday evening, though it would waken gradually in ranks.

As reported by NDTV, special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi has directed officials to identify people residing near the coast on Ganjam, Khordha and Puri districts, and shift them to relief shelters.

Bangladesh's coastal districts were also warned to prepare for possible storm effects there.

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