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Cyclonic Storm Titli Leaves Trail Of Devastation in Andhra, Odisha

8 Dead As Cyclonic Storm Titli Leaves Trail Of Devastation in Andhra, Odisha
(Source – Twitter handle of News Services Division, All India Radio)

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Cyclonic Storm Titli Leaves Trail Of Devastation in Andhra, Odisha

It is moving towards West Bengal and is projected to weaken gradually.

At least 8 people, including six fishermen, are reported to have lost their lives in Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh due to cyclonic storm Titli. Over three lakh people from five districts of Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur) were moved to safety as the cyclone hit early on Thursday.

Categorised as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’, Titli hit the coastal regions of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain. It made landfall near Gopalpur in south Odisha in the early morning with a wind speed of 125 km per hour.

(Read ‘Very Severe’ Cyclone Titli To Hit Odisha, AP Coast In Next 24 hours)

Cyclonic storm Titli is moving towards West Bengal and is expected to weaken gradually with decreasing wind speed. By afternoon, the associated wind speeds had decreased to 90-100 mph in south Odisha.

Cyclonic storm Titli has also affected power supply and communication systems in the two coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. All the schools, institutions and other centres in the five districts of Odisha remained closed today.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu ordered the district authorities to remain on high alert. The State Transport Corporation had suspended its bus services owing to the blocked roads due to the uprooted trees at several places. The storm has also affected flights and train services between Andhra and Odisha.

Relief Measure In Odisha

The Odisha government had set a target of ‘zero casualties’. More than 100 pregnant women in Ganjam district and 18 in Jagatsinghpur were shifted to hospital.

Indian Coast Guard teams from Gopalpur and Paradip rescued fishermen from a fishing boat early this morning.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) later said that the Coast Guard had rescued 27 fishermen from three boats that were stranded near Gopalpur port.

Trees uprooted by the strong winds had blocked several roads. Emergency and disaster management personnel were out in the field tackling the situation.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force were in action. Over 1100 relief camps have been opened to shelter the people in Odisha.

14 NDRF teams and 9 ODRAF teams were deployed to various districts of the state. Fire services team remained on high alert throughout the day. 30 District Emergency Operation Centres were activated along with 300 Power boats with crew members of Special Relief Organisation for relief operations.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation in state capital Bhubaneswar.

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