Cyclone batters eastern India, 300,000 evacuated

Pauline Gross
October 12, 2018

Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

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.

Although no casualty from Odisha has been reported due to "very severe cyclone Titli" till 2 p.m. on Thursday, news about damages caused by the cyclone is trickling in from south Odisha districts like Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada.

Around three lakh people from low laying cyclone vulnerable areas of coastal districts have been sheltered at 1112 relief camps.

"Not many cases of damage to electric poles have been reported from Visakhapatnam district as of now", Superintendent Engineer TV Surya Prakash from the Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) told TNM. Fishermen along the Odisha coast, and central and north Bay of Bengal were advised not to venture into sea till Friday.

Eight districts in Odisha - Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore - were affected by the cyclone.

The process of landfall of the very severe cyclone Titli started early Thursday with surface wind reaching speeds of 126 kmph at Gopalpur in Odisha's Ganjam district, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

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They were accommodated in 1,112 cyclone shelters.

Thirteen NDRF teams were deployed in ten districts while ODRAF teams were deployed in nine districts. Officials have also shifted 123 pregnant women to hospitals.

The Odisha Chief Minister's office in a tweet on Wednesday said schools and colleges across the state would remain closed for the week.

Rough waves hit the Visakhapatnam coastline under the influence of Cyclone Titli on Wednesday.

Communications to Srikakulam and within the district were disrupted and bus services were stopped due to the cyclone.

The students' union poll across the state scheduled for October 11 has been cancelled, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said.

Coconut plantations, banana and mango trees were the worst hit in the "very severe" cyclonic storm, according to a preliminary report prepared by the SDMA. Breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees.

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