Cyclone Titli makes land fall near Palasa; wreaks havoc in Gajapati
Bhubaneswar: The very severe cyclone Titli made its landfall by crossing north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coast (near Palasa, Srikakulam district) to the southwest of Gopalpur between 4.30 AM and 5.30 AM on Thursday, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
Gale wind speed touching close to 149 kmph, uprooted huge trees at many places disrupting vehicular movements. The landfall process continued for the next two to three hours. The wind speed is likely to gradually decrease due to the weakening of the cyclone.
According Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) of Odisha, Bishnupad Sethi, Titli cyclone affected Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of the State.
The very severe cyclonic storm caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts of Odisha. Damage of thatched & asbestos house, Street lights, roads blockage due to falling of trees, is reported in Ganjam district. Further, minor damage to power and communication have also been reported in Ganjam district.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said Gajapati was the most affected district and a report over the damage has been sought from the Collector. However, there is no report of any human casualty so far, Sethi added.
According to reports road communication from Paralakhemundi to Kashinagar, Mohana and Gosani in Gajapati has been completely disrupted as several big trees have been uprooted. Besides, the strong winds also uprooted several trees at Gopalpur in Berhampur.
Joint Relief Commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mahapatra said that the felled trees are being cleared by the ODRAF and fire service team.
30 District Emergency Operation Centres activated to track & respond the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm effectively.
300 Power boats of Special Relief Organisation kept ready with crew and POL for relief operation.
879 Multi-purpose cyclone/ flood shelters kept in readiness for sheltering people to be evacuated.
All Government officials to stay in HQRS. and not to avail leave.
All schools, Colleges and AWCs will remain closed till 12th of October, 2018.
Prepositioning of Response Forces:
Thirteen NDRF teams deployed (Ganjam-2 teams, Gajapati, Puri-2 teams, Kendrapada, Nayagarh, Bhadrak, Jagatsingjpur, Balasore, Jajpur, khurdha and Sambalpur districts).
ODRAF teams deployed in 9 districts (Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Boudh and Kalahandi).
Fire services team are in alert to respond at short notice of the district administration.
Around 3,00,000 people have been evacuated .
1112 relief camps have been opened for the evacuees in the shelters.
105 Pregnant women in Ganjam & 18 in Jgatsinghpur have been shifted to Hospital.