Cyclone Titli kills 8 in Andhra
ODISHA, Oct 11: Cyclone Titli has made landfall in Odisha near Gopalpur, the weather department said today. People in coastal areas of Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh are preparing to face the full onslaught of the cyclone. 'Titli', which means butterfly in Hindi, has been categorised as a "very severe cyclonic storm".
People in five coastal districts in Odisha are being moved to safety after the storm intensified. The storm is inching closer to the coast in southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh. All
schools, colleges and anganwadi centres in four districts of Odisha are closed today.
At least six persons, including four of a family, went missing after their house got swept away by flood waters following heavy rains in Odisha's Ganjam district on Thursday.
Power supply and road transport was severely hit in Odisha's Ganajm and Gajapati districts Thursday, officials said. East Coast Railway cancelled at least six trains and rescheduled some others besides gearing up to restore normal services today.
After making landfall near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh, cyclone Titli caused extensive damage to station buildings, platform shelters and foot overbridge at various places, a railway spokesperson said.
Since there was a warning about #Titli,we identified vulnerable areas&shifted people to our shelters.We have no. of multi-purpose cyclone shelters across the state&we shifted people in over 1100 shelters.
Cyclone Titli did not have much impact in West Bengal, following its landfall Thursday, but the southern districts of the state are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rain as it is may turn towards Gangetic West Bengal, weather officials said.
Andhra Pradesh State Transport Corporation suspended its bus services as uprooted trees blocked roads at several places.
Transport Minister K Atchannaidu, who hails from Srikakulam, visited the affected mandals and is monitoring the situation. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu conducted a tele-conference with district authorities and instructed them to remain on high alert.
Thoughts with families, especially children, in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh who have affected by Cyclone Titli. Confident local authorities and relief agencies will rise to occasion to help fellow citizens. The entire nation is with you: President Ram Nath Kovind on Twitter.
3 boats were stranded near Gopalpur port in which 27 fishermen were rescued by Coast Guard; No loss of human life/injury reported till now, NDMA tweeted.
The NDMA referred to IMD and tweeted Titli is likely to move northwestwards for next 12hours and re-curve northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha. It is likely to weaken gradually becoming severe cyclonic storm around noon, cyclonic storm around evening of today and a deep depression by tomorrow morning. -NDTV