Very severe cyclone ‘Titli’ crosses Odisha coast in hour-long act

Strong winds and heavy rain pounds Brahmapur in Odisha state

It is very likely to move north-north westwards and cross Odisha & adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur & Kalingapatnam around morning of 11th October.

Tropical cyclone "Titli", with gusts of up to 165 kph (100 mph), made landfall in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours, the India Meteorological Department said.

As part of its pre-cyclone preparedness, the Odisha government has evacuated over 3 lakh people living in low-lying areas of the five coastal districts ahead of the landfall. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile. "Power is being restored in the coastal districts, however, it will take time to restore power in Gajapati, which is among the worst affected areas", said Sethi. While a 62-year-old woman died at Gudivada Agraharam village after an uprooted tree fell on her, a 55-year-old man died in a house collapse at Rotanasa village in Srikakulam district, the SDMA said.

Fishermen along the Odisha coast, and central and north Bay of Bengal were advised not to venture into sea till Friday. Officials have also shifted 123 pregnant women to hospitals.

The cyclone also uprooted several trees, electricity poles and communication towers, disrupting normal life.

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Tourists at seaside resort towns of Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmani and other places along the coast in the state have been advised "not to undergo any seawater-bound activities during this period", the MeT department said.

"For relief and rescue operations, the NDRF teams have been deployed in Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts while the ODRAF teams have been deployed in Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kalahandi districts". The state-owned road transport corporation suspended all bus services on the Andhra-Odisha border area.

According to officials who are monitoring the cyclone from the coastal Doppler weather radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip, the cyclone is very likely to move north-westwards during the next 12 hours and then re-curve north-eastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha.

The Odisha Chief Minister's office in a tweet on Wednesday said schools and colleges across the state would remain closed for the week.

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