The India Meteorological Department notified today that the cyclone Titli over Bay of Bengal has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is moving towards Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast, triggering rainfall in several parts of Odisha. Meanwhile, IMD has also issued a red alert in this concern.
IMD informed in a bulletin that the cyclone is likely to make a landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on early Thursday morning with speeding winds upto 145 kmph. It further said, “Titli moved with a speed of about 10 kmph and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred over west-central Bay of Bengal, about 370 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.”
Skymet reported, while the cyclone is intensifying, it would not travel on land much, just about 100 km and then re-curve. It would be moving along the East Coast, entering West Bengal after crossing Odisha and moving further towards Bangladesh.
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Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed that teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) along Fire Service personnel have been deployed in various districts in wake of the cyclone.
“Zero casualty is part of the state government’s disaster management policy. Stocking of food and shifting of people to cyclone shelters are also included in the policy.”
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a high-level meeting over Cyclone Titli in Bhubaneswar today. He reviewed the situation and asked collectors of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts to go for an immediate evacuation. District administration of Ganjam has begun the process of evacuation in Gopalpur area where the cyclone is likely to make a landfall at 5.30 am tomorrow.
The IMD has advised fishermen along the Odisha coast, and central and north Bay of Bengal, not to venture into sea till October 12. It has also asked for shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places.