Cyclone Titli: Evacuation ordered in 5 Odisha districts

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2018

The cyclonic storm triggered extremely heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts.

By afternoon, the storm which was travelling north-west, had weakened into a "severe" storm, said Mrutyunjay Mahapatra, Head of Tropical Cyclones Division of the Indian Metereological Department.

Strong gusts caused a storm surge with waters inundating low-lying areas in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and the winds, on par with a Category 2 hurricane, wreaked havoc on infrastructure, blocking roads and hampering emergency work.

The weatherman said cyclone Titli lay centred about 730 km south-southwest of Kolkata at 8.30 am Wednesday and is likely to cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam by Thursday morning. All districts are on high alert, particularly those in the coastal region.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is slated to take a review of the overall damage caused by Cyclone Titli. Rain will continue in places around Ranchi till tomorrow, said BK Mandal, Director, IMD, Ranchi.

Those evacuated were accommodated in more than 1,100 cyclone shelters, state officials added.

Schools, colleges and anganwadi centres in the state remained closed for the day. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors. People in north Andhra may recollect the horrifying experience of cyclone Hudhud that hit Vizag city exactly four years ago on October 12, 2014, as cyclone Titli is also heading towards north Andhra bringing in heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by wind speed gusting up to 165 kmph.

Fishermen along the coast and central and north Bay of Bengal have been advised not to venture into sea till Friday.

Cyclonic storm "Titli" on Thursday wreaked havoc in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh killing eight people.

"The evacuation operation was carried out soon after the warning was issued days before and people are now in relief camps", said Vishnu Pad Sethi, Relief Commissioner (DM), Odisha.

Around 300,000 people were evacuated and 879 multi-purpose cyclone and flood shelters were kept in readiness for sheltering the rescued people. "Adequate relief provisions have been made".

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