Cyclone 'Titli' uproots trees, damages houses; communication hit

Lamar Ellis
October 12, 2018

Very severe cyclonic storm Titli which is being referred to as a Category 2 hurricane, made landfall in Odisha's Gopalpur on Thursday with surface winds reaching 126 kmph, the Met said.

ANI posted videos and visuals of the cyclone battering the Vajrapu Kotturu mandal in the district.

The districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam were all affected and a total of eight people were reported dead across the state.

He also directed the departments concerned to ensure proper sanitation measures and power supply at these shelters.

The Bay of Bengal often witnesses cyclones at this time of year, and some have led to widespread death and destruction.

As a result, many areas including Aska and Purushottampur towns in Ganjam district have remained marooned under water.

He also said that the NDRF and the ODRAF teams have been deployed in all vulnerable districts.

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi announced that all schools, colleges and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday.

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Five fishermen were rescued from a capsized boat in Gopalpur district.

Khulna's district disaster management committee said that 242 shelter centers were prepared and medical teams have been kept ready to respond to the possible disaster.

Efforts are on to clear roads blocked by uprooted trees and restore power supply in affected areas at the earliest, he said. Communication is paralyzed in the district as several trees were uprooted.

In Odisha's Ganjam district, six persons are missing after a house was washed away in flash floods. "We are verifying it".

India Meteorological Department (IMD) had sounded a red alert for the two states for October 11. It also forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall for Kandhamal, Boudh and Dhenkanal district from Thursday. "As many as 16 blocks of the State received rainfall between 200-300 mm while 60 blocks have experienced 100-200 mm rainfall". Besides, water level of other major rivers including Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga is most likely to rise. It is likely to weaken into severe cyclonic storm around Thursday afternoon, thereafter into a cyclonic storm by evening.

Eight people were killed in different storm-related incidents.

There has so far been no report of any damage to property or blockage of road or rail movement in West Bengal owing to "Titli".

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