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

‘Very Severe’ Cyclone Titli To Hit Odisha, AP Coast In Next 24 hours
Cyclone Titli (right) and Cyclone Luban (left). (Source- Twitter handle of NDMA)

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

Authorities are bracing for the impact and say that precautionary measures are in place.

Cyclone Titli intensified into a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday and is moving towards the coastal areas of Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh.

The cyclone over west central Bay of Bengal is heading towards Gopalpur (Odisha) and Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) with a speed of 14 kmph.

It is expected to make landfall early on Thursday morning with wind speeds gusting up to 165 kilometres per hour.

A red alert has been issued for coastal districts in Odisha.

The storm may weaken after taking a re-curve towards northeast, moving in the direction of Gangetic West Bengal.

Authorities in Odisha are bracing for the impact of Cyclone Titli and say that precautionary measures are in place. Schools, colleges, and anganwadis will remain closed on Thursday and Friday.

Heavy rains are predicted for Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Balasore and Kendrapara districts of Odisha. State disaster management officials said that floods were expected in several rivers.

(Source- NDMA Twitter handle)

(Source- Special Relief Organisation, Odisha Twitter handle)

Situation Under Review

Union Minister of Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan has reviewed the developing scenario of cyclone Titli and another cyclonic storm Luban by analysing all associated warnings issued by IMD, the weather department.

The ministry has directed all senior officials to monitor the situation and take necessary precautions to ensure the minimal damage, the report stated.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has shared a video advising people how to deal with the situation.

Public appeals have also been issued not to panic.

Cyclonic Storm Luban

Cyclonic storm Luban formed in the Arabian Sea, Northern Indian Ocean and threatens Oman.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the storm Luban moved away from the Indian coast and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm while heading towards South Oman and Yemen.

This is the first time in about 40 years that the India Meteorological Department is issuing simultaneous warnings for two cyclones in the North Indian Ocean – Title and Luban.

IMD has also warned fishermen against venturing out into the west central Arabian Sea and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea until October 12.

The Union Territory, Lakshadweep may continue to receive rainfall, the department stated.

The rainfall activity is very likely to decrease over the southern peninsular from Tuesday. The northeast monsoon rainfall over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala as well as the adjoining areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is not likely to take place as assessed earlier.

– IMD Weather Report

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had issued a red alert for three districts on Saturday which was altered to an orange alert after a day.  On Sunday evening, the Indian Coast Guard was on high alert.

Kerala state disaster management along with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) opened a special cell for coordination.

On Sunday evening, Indian Coast Guard was on high alert. It advised boats at sea to return to safety.

(Read – Kerala Floods: Moving Images After An Unprecedented Natural Disaster)

Second Cyclonic Storm On Eastern Coast

In September, the cyclonic storm Daye had formed over northwest Bay of Bengal, crossing the coast near Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. It was accompanied by heavy rains and strong winds in the region.

The storm heading towards west-northwest weakened gradually. Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts experienced strong wind with speed reaching to 80 km/hour and the heavy rainfall.

The storm weakened into depression over Vidarbha In Mahrashtra.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) reported no loss but it had severely hit the Malkangiri district.

(Read – Himachal Pradesh Pounded By Heavy Rains, Snowfall; Life Comes To A Standstill)

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