Today morning, cyclone “Titli” hit coastal Odisha along with heavy rain and strong winds. It made a landfall in the beach town of Gopalpur between 4:30 and 5:30 in the morning.
In several areas trees were uprooted and electric poles were damaged. Around three lakh people in Odisha’s five coastal districts have been shifted safely. Due to cyclone, train services between Andhra and Odisha have been affected. Five scheduled flights of IndiGo to and from Bhubaneswar were cancelled.
According to Met department, Titli, is categorized as a “very severe cyclonic storm”, which hit the coast with a speed of 140 to 150 kmph. It is expected to weaken gradually with decreasing wind speed and is moving towards West Bengal.
BP Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner said, “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.” He added that power supply and telephone connections were disrupted and road ways are damaged due to uprooted trees.
At least five districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur are receiving heavy rainfall along with high speed winds. The CM ordered the collectors of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Kendrapara and Jagtsinghpur districts to go for an immediate evacuation of people in low-lying areas in the coastal region.