Updates on 16th October
Cyclone Titli leaves behind a trail of destruction
Cyclone Titli leaves behind a trail of destruction, the struggle for survival continues in Odisha & Andhra Pradesh
Although the cyclone Titli has receded but its tremors can still be felt all over the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The storm was unstoppable, destroying anything and everything that came in its way. It left behind a massive trail of destruction, which includes dozens of deaths, disruption in the road and rail network, loss of property, uprooting of trees, and damaging of electricity poles to count a few. Many rivers in Odisha are in spate and low-lying areas are submerged under rain water. The cyclonic storm severely affected millions of people in Odisha and destroyed thousands of houses in Andhra Pradesh. Around 3,60,353 people were evacuated and were shifted to 1,614 relief centres.
The situation of floods is hovering over the state of Odisha due the overflowing rivers. Both the states are struggling to get back on their feet again. Effort are being made to fix the power supply, telecommunication networks and road connectivity. Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has reached out to the Central government for financial assistance for interim relief worth Rs.1,200 crore to assist in rebuilding of the state.
Updates on 12th October
Cyclone Titli weakens, the water level rises due to incessant rain
Cyclone Titli after making a landfall in Gopalpur in Orissa has moved towards north-east. Several rivers including Jalaka, Rushikylya, and Vansadhara have started overflowing due to constant rainfall which has been pouring over the state after the cyclone. As per reports, nearly all major rivers of Orissa are flooded because of the incessant rain. 9 deaths have been reported so far due to the havoc caused by the storm. People have been moved to safe places and necessary safety measures have already been taken.
Updates on 11th October
Cyclone ‘Titli’ hits coastline of Odisha
Cyclone Titli has hit the coastline of Odisha leading to a landfall near Gopalpur in the state’s Ganjam district in the early hours of the morning of 11th October, 2018. The cyclonic storm with a speed of 100 km was accompanied by torrential rains and strong winds running at a speed of 126 kmph. The electricity and telephone lines have been disrupted and road communication snapped after several trees were uprooted and electricty poles fell down.
The Indian Metereological Department has already predicted the weather conditions and their consequences once the cyclonic storm hits the Indian land. As a result, the state government made arrangements to evacuate around 10,000 people located in the low-lying areas in advance and ultimately shifted them to the shelter homes run by the government.
According to the predictions, the raging cyclonic storm is likely to slowly shift towards the Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.
Cyclone Titli Wrecking havoc on Andhra Pradesh
The havoc of cyclone ‘titli’ can also be witnessed in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone has hit the coast near Palasa, which is close to the Odisha border. Not only has this storm brought the normal life in the state to a halt but also took lives of eight people in Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh. The winds in the state are moving at a speed of 50-60 kmph. The train services have been immensely disrupted leading to cancellation and diversion in the route. The NH-16 has also been closed paying heed to the current situation in the state.
Cyclone Titli Rescue operations
The NDRF and SDRF in Andhra Pradesh, and NDRF, ODRAF, and fire brigade in Odisha have been engaged in carrying out the rescue and relief operations in the state.
Cyclone Titli is moving with rapid speed and is likely to make a landfall between Kalingapatanam, Andhra Pradesh, and Gopalpur, Odisha, on Thursday. Taking stock of the situation, the chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has directed the district collectors to make preparations for the evacuation of people in districts situated in the low lying areas of the coastal belt. In Ganjam district, authorities have already shifted 1,000 people to safer areas. The current speed of the cyclone is 10 kmph, which will increase to 145 kmph once it makes a landfall. It will further intensify during the next 18 hours. The districts that are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall are Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Puri, Gajapati, Jajpur, Balasore, etc.
Titli Cyclone Wind Warning
Titli Cyclone is expected to bring gale wind speed reaching 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph over deep sea areas of west-central & adjoining north Bay of Bengal and will gradually increase to 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph from the 10th evening to 11th forenoon.
Gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph is very likely to commence along & off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from 10th October afternoon. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph from the night of 10th October onwards along & off south Odisha & adjoining districts of north Andhra Pradesh coasts and 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph along & off north Odisha and remaining districts of north Andhra Pradesh coasts.
Winds speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting 70 kmph is very likely to commence along & off West Bengal coast from today afternoon and gradually increase to 60-70 kmph gusting 80 kmph from the night of 10th October onwards.
Storm Surge Warning
Storm surge warning is issued to low lying areas of Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh; Ganjam, Khurda & Puri districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.
Titli Disaster Zone
Extensive damage expected over districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam of AndhraPradesh, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts of Odisha.
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