Cyclone Title hits Odisha’s coastal regions, brings with it heavy rainfall and strong winds. The word ‘Titli’ in Hindi means butterfly, made a landfall in Gopalpur this morning between 4:30 and 5:30. Electric poles and trees were uprooted in several parts of the coastal Odisha. More than three lakh people in Odisha’s five coastal districts have been safely moved.
Train and flights services have been affected in Odisha and Andhra regions due to Cyclone Titli. IndiGo Airlines has already cancelled five flights to and from Bhubaneswar.
Cyclone Title has been categorized as a “very severe cyclonic storm”, which hits the coast with speed of 140-150 kmph, said the Met department. Title is reportedly moving towards West Bengal and expected to gradually weaken with decreasing wind speed.
Speed Relief Commissioner BP Sethi said that “There has been no major damage or report of casualty received from any part of the state so far. Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts.”
Telephone links and power supply got disrupted and road lines were shattered due to the uprooting of trees at several places of Gajapati districts, said Mr. Sethi. There are reports of damages to mud houses.
As the landfall started, at least five districts like Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur are receiving heavy storm and rainfall.
Yesterday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took stock of the situation and asked the collectors of Puri, Ganjam, Kendrapara, Khurda, and Jagatsinghpur districts to go for an immediate migration of people in low-lying areas in the coastal belt.
Odisha government said that it is prepared to overcome possible floods due to storm and heavy rains. People of flood-affected areas have been accommodated in shelters. Pregnant women have also been lifted to hospitals.
Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been positioned in vulnerable districts. An official said that “We have not yet sought the help of Army. If required we may go for it.” Another official reported that the Navy and Air Force have also been alerted about the situation.