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Cyclone 'Titli' makes landfall: Key developments

Cyclone 'Titli' makes landfall: Key developments

Around three lakh people from low laying cyclone vulnerable areas of coastal districts have been sheltered at 1112 relief camps.

As of Thursday morning, two deaths in the district were attributed to the destruction caused by Titli.

The landfall process has been completed and "the centre of eye of cyclone "Titli" lies over the land", the IMD said.

"We have not yet sought help of Army". The state's disaster management chief, D Varaprasad, said that shortages of drinking water were a concern in many areas.

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 of Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said.

Seven people killed as Titli makes landfall near Palasa in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

It is likely to weaken gradually only after re-curving northeastward to move towards Gangetic West Bengal.

Districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall till Thursday, the IMD said. Vizag city is likely to face more than 100km/hr wind speed and heavy rainfall.

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During the next 18 hours, it will intensify further and is likely to move north-northwestwards to cross Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coast.

Meanwhile, reports of damages have started to come up from Gajapati and Rayagada districts of south Odisha.

The IMD advised total suspension of fishing operations and shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places.

The weatherman warned fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off the coasts of West Bengal, Odisha, deep sea areas of North Bay and Central Bay of Bengal till 12 October.

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

The students' union poll across the state scheduled for October 11 has been cancelled, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the collectors of these five districts to ensure "zero casualty" after the Met office said Titli has been upgraded to "severe" category.

Around 300,000 people were evacuated and 879 multi-purpose cyclone and flood shelters were kept in readiness for sheltering the rescued people.

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