Cyclone Titli: Schools, colleges to remain closed on Oct 11 & 12

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

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. Communication is paralyzed in the district as several trees were uprooted. Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted in south coastal Odisha's Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts from Wednesday.

Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Titli uprooted trees and electric poles and damaged hutments in Odisha's Ganjam and Gajapati districts after making landfall early on Thursday morning, but no loss of lives was reported from any part of the state.

Biswas said the very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS), "Titli", is being monitored by the coastal Doppler Weather Radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip.

Horticulture crops suffered extensive damage in Srikakulam district while paddy suffered damage in Vizianagaram.

IMD classified Titli as a very "severe cyclonic storm" with very high wind speeds and forecast to hit the coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam in Odisha.

People in coastal areas of Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh are preparing to face the full onslaught of the cyclone.

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"The process of landfall has started and it will completely cross the Odisha coast in one or two hours".

In a video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed that the state has taken precautions to deal with the situation.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and the deep sea have been advised to remain sheltered till further notice. While four NDRF teams have been deployed in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam, Srikakulum and Vijaynagram.

The holidays of officials have been put on hold in view of the approaching storm and subsequent heavy rainfall that was expected to be dumped across the state.

"Long distance trains slated to pass through East Coast Railway jurisdiction between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram on Howrah-Chennai main line may be diverted via Kharagpur-Jharsuguda-Nagpur-Balharshah-Vijayawada route", he said.

Those evacuated were being kept in special shelters and pregnant women were moved to state-run health centres and hospitals, the commissioner said. The IMD has said the region will experience very heavy rain, which could lead to flooding, and strong winds.

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