Cyclone Titli Hits Odisha, More Than 3 Lakh People Evacuated, 21 NDRF Teams Deployed

| October 11 , 2018 , 09:54 IST

Cyclone Titli made landfall in Odisha near Gopalpur on Thursday early morning, moving with a speed of 140-150 km per hour. More than 3 lakh people from Odisha were evacuated on Wednesday in view of warnings about the severe cyclonic storm Titli, while the Centre deployed 21 NDRF teams in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, putting the Army, Navy and Coast Guard on alert.

As Cyclone Titli made landfall, wind speeds of 102 km per hour were reported from Odisha's Gopalpur, while 56 km per hour surface wind speed was reported from Andhra Pradesh's Kalingapatnam.  

Already, reports have started coming in of trees and electric poles getting uprooted, damages to 'kuchha' houses and snapping of road communication in some areas, including Gopalpur and Berhampur.

The evacuations took place from vulnerable areas of Odisha, including Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Khordha districts. Meanwhile, 13 NDRF and 9 ODRAF teams have been deployed in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapada, Nayagarh, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Khordha, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Boudh and Sambalpur districts.

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Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan assured that the state and the Centre were ready to tackle the situation, and said, "The Cyclone has intensified, which is a matter of concern, but the state is ready to tackle the situation. At the central and the state level, the preparedness is at full swing."

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has classified Titli as a very "severe cyclonic storm" with very high wind speeds.

"The wind speed at the time of landfall is predicted in the range of 145-165 km per hour. After the landfall, the cyclonic storm is expected to re-curve north-eastwards and move long Odisha coast towards Gangetic West Bengal and will cause heavy to very heavy rainfall," the IMD informed the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC).