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Cyclone Titli updates: Toll rises to 8 in Odisha, Andhra, 300,000 evacuated

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India Cyclone Titli batters eastern India, 300,000 evacuated
Pablo Mccormick | 12 October, 2018, 05:46

Several hundreds acres of crop were destroyed across Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Titli made landfall in neighbouring Odisha on Thursday.

There were reports from Odisha's districts of Ganjam and Gajapati of trees being uprooted along with electricity and communication poles, news agency dpa said.

Presiding over a high-level review meeting at the State Secretariat here, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the officials to expedite evacuation of the people living in the low-lying areas in Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Khurda districts to the multi-purpose calamity shelters with the provision of food and drinking water for them.

People in coastal areas of Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh are preparing to face the full onslaught of the cyclone.

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Those evacuated were being kept in special shelters and pregnant women were moved to state-run health centres and hospitals, the commissioner said. Gajapati, Ganjam districts of Odisha got affected badly.

Berhampur: Cyclone Titli makes landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha today; heavy rain lashes several parts of the state. "The city would be experiencing gusty winds at the speed more than 120km/hr". Rain will continue in places around Ranchi till tomorrow, said BK Mandal, Director, IMD, Ranchi.

It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next two hours.

The eight reported deaths were all in Andhra Pradesh.

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"Long distance trains slated to pass through East Coast Railway jurisdiction between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram on Howrah-Chennai main line may be diverted via Kharagpur-Jharsuguda-Nagpur-Balharshah-Vijayawada route", he said.

According to officials who are monitoring the cyclone from the coastal Doppler weather radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip, the cyclone is very likely to move north-westwards during the next 12 hours and then re-curve north-eastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha.

It said that gale wind speed reaching 100-110 kmph, gusting to 125 kmph, is prevailing over deep sea areas of west-central and adjoining north Bay of Bengal and will gradually increase to 120 to 130 kmph, gusting to 145 kmph, from Wednesday evening to Thursday forenoon.

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