Powerful Cyclone Titli slams India

Strong winds and heavy rain pounds Brahmapur in Odisha state

"The centre of the eye of the cyclone that lies over land moved toward Gopalpur in Odisha after hitting the coast in Andhra Pradesh".

He said the district collectors have been asked to shift the people in the low-lying areas to the multi-purpose calamity shelters.

As predicted, heavy to extremely rains have lashed several parts of Coastal Odisha as Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Titli making landfall at Palasa in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh and southwest of Gopalpur, Odisha on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 3,000 people from highly vulnerable areas have been evacuated to safety while over 1,000 houses were damaged in the cyclone. G.Udaygiri in Kandhamal district recorded the highest 351 mm rainfall followed by 319 mm of rainfall in Kantapada of Cuttack district.

"Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts", Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said.

He also directed the departments concerned to take up fix of the damaged roads, restoration of power and drinking water supply and alternative arrangement of power to the water supply centres in the affected districts in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Titli's effect was also seen in Jharkhand where areas neighbouring Odisha experienced rainfall.

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Thirteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force, as well as personnel from the fire brigade, remain deployed in several areas of Odisha as the state stares at a possible flood situation. Thereafter, it is likely to re-curve northeastward, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually, said director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, H.R. Biswas.

Uddanam region in Srikakulam district, equally known for its coconuts as for its people suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), was the worst affected.

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

It was also very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 18 hours till early Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said. Sethi said the state government has already informed the Air Force and Indian Navy about the situation and may take their help if required.

Effect of the landfall of the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm was also largely felt in Bhanjanagar and Aska.

There were no deaths reported but trees and electricity poles were uprooted, officials told PTI, with roads and makeshift mud-brick houses also damaged.

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