Cyclone Titli has created landfall in Odisha’s Gopalpur district at 120-130 kmph, the weather department said on Thursday.
The state machineries of coastal Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh are completely ready to face the cyclone ‘Titli’, which implies butterfly in Hindi, and has been categorized as a “very severe cyclonic storm”.
People residing at 5 coastal districts in Odisha are being rapt to safety when the storm intensifies. The storm is inching more nearer to the coast in southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh.
All colleges, schools and anganwadi centres in four districts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are closed from today onwards.
Odisha and Andhra Government claimed that they have successfully handled the pre-cyclone measure which led to no life loss.
In total 30,000 people have been evacuated so far. Vijay Amruta Kulange, District Collector from Ganjam district said that in Ganjam there has been no report of casualty till 10 am.
There are 755 shelters and 50,132 families are from vulnerable areas.
Efforts are on to clear roads blocked by uprooted trees and restore power supply in affected areas at the earliest. In all, eight districts – Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore – have been affected by “very severe cyclone Titli”.
Cyclone ‘Titli’ triggered heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts of Odisha, while damage of hutments and asbestos-roofed houses, street lights, road blockade due to uprooted trees were reported from Ganjam.
Road communication between Para-lakhemundi and Mohana and some other block headquarters in Gajapati had been disrupted under the impact of the cyclone.
In Ganjam, reports of damage to hutments and other structures and uprooting of trees were received from some areas.
A boat with 5 fishermen on-board capsized in Gopalpur owing to the cyclone. All fishermen since then have been brought to safety with the help of Indian Coast Guard.
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Indian Coast Guard on Twitter said: “While the severe Cyclone Titli was making landfall early this morning Indian Coast Guard Rescue Teams of Paradip, Gopalpur assisted a fishing boat amidst strong winds and heavy rains to safety and rescued 08 distressed fishermen onboard.”
Note: The report is on the information received till 10.15am this morning.