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Odisha braces up for cyclone Titli

Bhubaneswar: The depression formed over East-central Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further into a Deep Depression during next 24 hours and into a Cyclonic Storm named as Titli during subsequent 24 hours.

It now lays centred about 720 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 690 km southeast of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

It is very likely to move north-westwards towards Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 72 hours.

“There is forecast of rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at Isolated Places over coastal Odisha valid upto 11th October from 10th October and rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at Isolated places over coastal and adjoining interior Odisha valid upto 12th October from 11th October,” said an IMD bulletin.

There is forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Gangetic West Bengal and heavy rainfall at isolated places in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh during the same period and the rainfall intensity is likely to reduce from 12th October onwards, it added.

In view of this warning, there is likelihood of rapid rise in water levels in the basins of Subarnarekha including Burhabalang, Brahmani and Baitarni, Mahanadi, Rishikulya, Vamshadhara and Nagavali basins in the states of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh from 10th October onwards, it warned.

Meanwhile, the State Government cancelled the holidays of employees at SRC and OSDMA office.

Rise in inflows is also likely in the dams in above basins. Strict vigil has to be maintained at all vulnerable places for flooding and releases from dams have to be undertaken as per Standard Operating procedures and warning downstream areas well in advance of release taking into consideration downstream flooding conditions and the high swell waves associated with movement of cyclonic storms.

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