Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power

Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power

Kerry Wise
October 12, 2018

The storm is likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday morning, it said.

The districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam were all affected and a total of eight people were reported dead across the state.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has classified it as a "very severe cyclone".

After attending the review meeting at the office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) at State Secretariat here this evening, Naveen told reporters: "Till now 3 lakh people have been evacuated as cyclone Titli is likely to make landfall at 5 am tomorrow".

Cyclone Titli, which is now crossing over from Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal, has caused a whopping 142 mm of rain in West Bengal's Digha.

The latest observations indicate that "Titli", over west-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 19 kmph during the past six hours.

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PTI quoted IMD that the Cyclone Titli intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday and is moving towards the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast, triggering rainfall in several parts of Odisha.

Around 300 motor boats have been arranged to assist in rescue operation as there is a likelihood of flood situation due to possibility of heavy rains till October 11.

They were accommodated in 1,112 cyclone shelters. While four NDRF teams have been deployed in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam, Srikakulum and Vijaynagram. Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted in south coastal Odisha's Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts from Wednesday. A total of 105 pregnant women in Ganjam and 18 in Jgatsinghpur were shifted to hospitals.

The IMD and the government reiterated tht Cyclone Titli would not hit Vizag but the people, wiser by experience and fearing last-minute turns in the cyclone's path, cancelled non-essential trips, stored water and groceries and stayed home.

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

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. Thousands of coconut trees were uprooted.