Odisha issues cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ alert, prepares to face impact

Bhubaneswar: As per the latest information from IMD, the deep depression in Bay of Bengal moved west-north-westwards with a speed of eight kmph during past six hours and intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ and lay centered about 530 km southeast of Gopalpur at 11.30 am on Tuesday.

It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hrs and move west-north-westwards for some more time, then north-westwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday morning.

The forecast of IMD indicates that due to the system, the sustained surface wind speed may reach 100 to 110 kmph gusting up to 125 kmph on Wednesday around 11.30 am.

Heavy Rainfall/ Heavy to Very Heavy Rainfall/ Extremely Heavy Rainfall is likely to occur in the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur Kendrapada, Khordha, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak, Balasore Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Boudh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj during Tuesday and Friday.

Damage to thatched huts, minor damage to power and communication lines due to breaking of branches and uprooting of trees and major damage to kutcha and minor damage to pucca roads is expected over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Nayagarh and Puri.

Keeping in view rough weather likely to prevail much before the landfall of the system, the Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi on Tuesday directed all the district collectors to keep the administrative machinery in full preparedness for impending severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’.

The SRC has requested the collectors to take up measures on priority basis to ensure zero causality.

He asked the Collectors to take steps to identify the people living near the coast in the districts of Ganjam, Khurda and Puri and shift them to safe shelters while Collectors have been asked to shift people living in kutcha houses since damage to thatched huts is expected over these districts.

Other district authorities may also assess the situation in their respective districts and take steps to evacuate the people living in vulnerable conditions to safe shelters. The SRC asked to ensure arrange of cooked food through free kitchen, safe drinking water, health and sanitation facilities at the shelters.

He also asked the district authorities to make lighting arrangement at the shelters.

The Collectors have been asked to ensure availability of sufficient food stuff in hostels of all residential schools including those of ST & SC Development Department and provision of food and other essential relief items may also be made for other affected people in need of assistance.

They have been asked to check all cyclone and flood shelters immediately and make ready to house the people in case of evacuation in their respective districts. Generator, inflatable tower light, mechanical cutters and other equipment available in shelters should be put to test run, the SRC asked.

The livestock and domestic animals in vulnerable should be evacuated to safer places. No cattle should be left tied in kutcha house.

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