‘Titli’, which means butterfly in Hindi, has been categorised as a “very severe cyclonic storm”
Cyclone Titli has made landfall in Odisha near Gopalpur, the weather department said today. People in coastal areas of Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh are preparing to face the full onslaught of the cyclone. ‘Titli’, which means butterfly in Hindi, has been categorised as a “very severe cyclonic storm”. People in five coastal districts in Odisha are being moved to safety after the storm intensified. The storm is inching closer to the coast in southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh. All schools, colleges and anganwadi centres in four districts of Odisha are closed today.
Here are the updates from Cyclone Titli’s landfall in Odisha:
Titli is being monitored by the coastal Doppler Weather Radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip. The latest observations indicate that ‘Titli’, over west-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 19 kmph during the past six hours. After the landfall, the system is very likely to re-curve gradually northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually. The Odisha government has geared up its machinery to tackle the situation.
Here are some visuals from the morning when Cyclone Titli hit Odisha:
The DGP of Odisha, Dr Rajendra Sharma tweeted that the force is at work in demanding weather conditions. He also tweeted pictures:
The National Disaster Management Authority has released a list of Do’s and Dont’s in view of cyclone Titli. The NDMA tweeted out a list:
The Odisha state government evacuated more than 300,000 people from five coastal districts on Wednesday while local schools, colleges and childcare centres were ordered closed and fishermen advised not to go out to sea.
“We have already evacuated three lakh (300,000) people and more may be shifted to safer places in view of the very severe cyclone,” PTI quoted Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as saying.
The place is deserted and very few people are on the streets. The skies are completely overcast with clouds.
The landfall is not just in a particular spot but stretches from Gopalpur to Kalingapatnam.
Cyclone Titli is moving at a speed of 140-150 km per hour. Odisha’s Gopalpur reported 102 km per hour and Andhra Pradesh’s Kalingapatnam reported 56 km per hour surface wind speed, news agency ANI reported.
The landfall is to continue for 3-4 hours.
Reports of trees, electric poles getting uprooted and damages to kuchha houses were reported, officials said, adding that road communication in some places, including Gopalpur and Berhampur, was snapped.
The South Western Railways cancelled/diverted/short terminated a number of trains due to cyclone Titli. Following is a release listing the trains:
“Zero casualty is part of the state government’s disaster management policy. Stocking of food and shifting of people to cyclone shelters are also included in the policy,” Chief Secretary AP Padhi said.
The eye of the cyclone Titli has entered land:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who took stock of the situation, asked the collectors of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Kendrapara and Jagtsinghpur districts to go for an immediate evacuation of people in low-lying areas in the coastal belt.
All schools, colleges and anganwadi centres in four districts of Odisha are closed today.
People in coastal areas of Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh are preparing to face the full onslaught of Cyclone Titli.
At least five districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur are receiving good amount of rainfall coupled with high speed winds under the impact of Titli.