Cyclone Titli: Eastern India battered by deadly storm

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The cyclone is moving towards Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast. "The evacuation operation was carried out soon after the warning was issued days before and people are now in relief camps", said Vishnu Pad Sethi, Relief Commissioner (DM), Odisha.

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the flood situation in three districts triggered by heavy rain under the impact of the very severe cyclonic storm Titli that made landfall at Palasa in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday morning. Tourists in seaside resort towns of Digha, Mandarmani, Shankarpur and other places along the Bay of Bengal coast have been advised not to undergo any sea water-bound activities till October 12. Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are expected to receive very heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, the IMD said.

Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 3,000 people from highly vulnerable areas have been evacuated to safety while over 1,000 houses were damaged in the cyclone.

A man stands near Arjipalli beach during rain and strong winds caused by cyclonic storm named Titli, or Butterfly near Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal coast, Ganjam district, eastern Orissa state, India, Thursday, Oct.11, 2018.

Odisha's Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said so far there had been no reports of casualties in the state.

Andhra Pradesh State Transport Corporation suspended its bus services as uprooted trees blocked roads at several places.

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Gajapati district is the worst affected till now.

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi announced that all schools, colleges and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday.

Titli's effect was also seen in Jharkhand where areas neighbouring Odisha experienced rainfall.

A total of 13 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and nine Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams have been deployed at strategic locations. It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next two hours.

The IMD warned the cyclone is likely to uproot trees, power and communication poles, destroy coastal houses with thatched roofs, and damage roads, crops and plantations.

In view of rough sea conditions, the IMD has also advised hoisting of great danger signal GD-10 at Gopalpur and Puri and GD-9 at Paradip and Chandbali ports in Odisha.

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