Cyclone ‘Titli’ crosses Odisha coast

With heavy rains and strong winds, Cyclone Titli made landfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, this morning. Cyclone Titli made landfall at Odisha’s Gopalpur and Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam in Vajrapu Kotturu. 

Many trees and make-shift huts have been uprooted and train routes have been affected due to the cyclone. Umashankar Das of India Meteorological Department, Odisha said that “heavy rainfall is also expected. Our port warning is highest at 10. Maximum speed will be 150 km/hour.” The IMD said, the forward sector of the eye of the storm has been entering into the land mass.

While Gopalpur in Odisha reported surface winds at 126 kmph, Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh recorded wind speed of 56 kmph. As the landfall process started, at least five districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur are receiving good amount of rainfall coupled with high speed winds under the impact of Titli.

IMD officials said that the very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS), ‘Titli’, is being monitored by the coastal Doppler Weather Radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip. 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.

After the landfall, the system is very likely to re-curve gradually northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually. Reports of trees, electric poles getting uprooted and damages to kuchha houses were reported, officials said, adding that road communication in some places, including Gopalpur and Berhampur, was snapped.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government has geared up its machinery to tackle the situation. The state government has already evacuated over 3 lakh people living in low lying areas and kuchha houses ahead of the landfall in five coastal districts.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu monitored the Titli cyclone throughout the night yesterday alerting the officials on necessary precautions to save the life and property of people of North Andhra districts.

The Chief Minister appealed to people in cyclone affected villages not to come out of their houses during the cyclone to prevent loss of life and directed the officials to take up relief and rehabilitation of people in cyclone affected regions. He appealed to people to provide information to officials for taking up necessary relief measures.

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