Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Cyclone Titli: Eastern India battered by deadly storm

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power
Jeannette Daniel | 12 October, 2018, 05:46

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. Power supply has been stable and road traffic had been restricted from Puri downward to South from 10 PM.

Heavy winds were likely to cause a storm surge and officials said they expected low-lying areas in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to be inundated.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi, who was also present in the meeting, told the media that the state-level and the district-level control rooms and the control rooms have been functioning round-the-clock.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) had sounded a red alert for the two states for October 11. Three boats were stranded near Gopalpur port from which 27 fishermen were rescued by the coast guard, said an official from National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

The IMD said cyclone Titli moved at a speed of about 15 kmph during last six hours over west-central Bay of Bengal and lay centred at about 280 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha. "The city would be experiencing gusty winds at the speed more than 120km/hr". People in north Andhra may recollect the horrifying experience of cyclone Hudhud that hit Vizag city exactly four years ago on October 12, 2014, as cyclone Titli is also heading towards north Andhra bringing in heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by wind speed gusting up to 165 kmph. The rainfall intensity will decrease from Friday.

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Fishermen have been asked not to venture out into the sea for the next few days.

Berhampur: Cyclone Titli makes landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha today; heavy rain lashes several parts of the state.

The officer said that Gajapati district, which was most affected, received more than 200 mm of rainfall while Mohana block in the district received the maximum rainfall of 315 mm.

Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh, and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts of Odisha are the pointed out places under the danger radar.

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