Cyclone Titli: Evacuation ordered in 5 Odisha districts

Odisha Government Begins Evacuation as Cyclone 'Titli' Intensifies Into Storm

Odisha Government Begins Evacuation as Cyclone 'Titli' Intensifies Into Storm

"We have not yet sought help of Army".

Khulna's district disaster management committee said that 242 shelter centers were prepared and medical teams have been kept ready to respond to the possible disaster. The college students union elections, earlier scheduled to be held on Thursday, have also been cancelled. The IMD has also warned people living in low-lying areas to take preventive measures as there is a risk of trees falling due to wind speeds that could reach 100 kmph.

Seven deaths were reported in Srikakulam as huts and houses collapsed and trees came crashing down.

It was likely to make landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh early on Thursday at a wind speed of 145 kmph.

After the landfall, the system is very likely to re-curve gradually northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually. Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts would remain in radar of the cyclone, and stands fair chances of incessant showers. "Keeping in mind heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast, we have chose to declare holidays for schools and educational institutions in four districts from tomorrow", said Padhi. Land fall is expected at 5.30 am tomorrow in south Odisha.

On speaking about the area which is likely to face a severe wrath of the cyclone, " Srikakulam is under the danger radar since the place is close in proximity with the cyclone movement.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said train services will remain suspended between Khurda Road and Vizianagram from both directions after 10 pm Wednesday till further notice.

A man stands near Arjipalli beach during rain and strong winds caused by cyclonic storm named Titli, or Butterfly near Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal coast, Ganjam district, eastern Orissa state, India, Thursday, Oct.11, 2018.

Maritime ports of: Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla, and Payra have been advised to keep local warning signal no 4 hoisted.

"Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts", Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said. "Adequate relief provisions have been made".

The people in the affected districts can contact on the Congress helpline numbers - 7609852131, 8895203001, 9861011962, 7008799364, 9348161633, 8847858020, 9937948868 and 9237010939.

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

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