2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

  • 2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

Cyclone Titli, which intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" over the Bay of Bengal, made landfall on India's eastern coast early Thursday, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.

The storm is likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday morning, it said.

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

He said the district collectors have been asked to shift the people in the low-lying areas to the multi-purpose calamity shelters.

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.

The system is now moving northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and it will weaken gradually, it said.

Cyclonic storm "Titli" on Thursday wreaked havoc in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh killing eight people. All districts are on high alert, particularly those in the coastal region.

"For relief and rescue operations, the NDRF teams have been deployed in Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts while the ODRAF teams have been deployed in Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kalahandi districts".

Meanwhile over the Arabian Sea, the other very severe cyclone, "Luban", lay centred over its West-Central Arabian Sea, about 560 km East-South-East of Salalah (Oman), 540 km East-North-East of Socotra Islands (Yemen) and 720 km East-South-East of Al-Ghaydah (Yemen).

According to State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC), three people died in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, and no loss of life was reported in Odisha.

"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.

Sethi said the state government has already informed the Air Force and Indian Navy about the situation and may take their help if required. All the 879 cyclone and flood shelters have also been kept in a state of preparedness.