Titli to make landfall in Odisha today

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power

Coconut plantations, banana and mango trees were the worst hit in the "very severe" cyclonic storm, according to a preliminary report prepared by the SDMA. Power supply has been stable and road traffic had been restricted from Puri downward to South from 10 PM.

The IMD advised total suspension of fishing operations and shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places. Yet another report from Gopalpur said that winds had sped to a maximum of 126 km/hr at Gopalpur near the time of the landfall of the cyclone.

Strong gusts caused a storm surge with waters inundating low-lying areas in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and the winds, on par with a Category 2 hurricane, wreaked havoc on infrastructure, blocking roads and hampering emergency work.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the collectors of these five districts to ensure "zero casualty" after the Met office said Titli has been upgraded to "severe" category. In addition, the three States have deployed their own rescue teams along with power boats. Wind speed of the cyclone was reported to be 150 kmph during landfall.

Heavy rainfall continues to lash the districts, as the weather department warned that Cyclone Titli was very likely to maintain the intensity of a cyclone till Thursday evening with wind speed up to 90 kmph.

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday directed the Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara district administrations to evacuate all those areas where cyclonic storm Titli is expected to pass through after making landfall on Thursday morning. "Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually", said a statement by the IMD. The rainfall intensity will decrease from Friday. "Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts", special relief commissioner (SRC) B.P. Sethi said.

This is the second severe cyclone alert for Odisha in the last two months, after "Cyclone Daye" crossed the Odisha coast on September 20 and triggered heavy downpour.

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

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