Cyclone Titli hits Odisha, strong winds, heavy rain lash coastal regions

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

Berhampur: Cyclone Titli makes landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha today; heavy rain lashes several parts of the state.

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

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who took stock of the situation, asked the collectors of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Kendrapara and Jagtsinghpur districts to go for an immediate evacuation of people in the low-laying areas in the coastal belt.

The cyclone caused widespread damage in the coastal areas of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of north Andhra Pradesh and in Odisha.

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.

"Not many cases of damage to electric poles have been reported from Visakhapatnam district as of now", Superintendent Engineer TV Surya Prakash from the Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) told TNM. IMD's latest forecast report suggested Titli which has turned into a severe cyclonic storm over west-central Bay of Bengal and is further intensifying into a 'very severe cyclonic storm.

They were accommodated in 1,112 cyclone shelters.

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Also, operations at Paradip port have been suspended and all ships have been shifted to deep sea.

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

13 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, along with the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed at several places along with fire brigade.

All schools and colleges will remain closed till Friday.

North-east districts of Jharkhand have been affected due to Cyclone Titli.

Rough waves hit the Visakhapatnam coastline under the influence of Cyclone Titli on Wednesday.

The review meeting was attended by Chief Secretary A P Padhi, SRC B P Sethi, among others.

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. Thousands of coconut trees were uprooted.

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