Cyclone Titli triggers heavy rain in Odisha; flood threat looms large
Bhubaneswar: Under the impact of very severe cyclone Titli, heavy and incessant downpour lashed several parts of the south and coastal districts of Odisha in the past 24 hours triggering a flood-like situation in the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri and Balasore.
The situation remains grim especially in Ganjam and Gajapati districts where the distant areas have been cut off due to incessant rain triggered by the cyclonic storm ‘Titli’.
Vehicular movement was disrupted in low-lying areas of Balasore district as flood water is flowing 6 metre above the danger mark in the Jalaka River at Mathani in Basta block.
In Ganjam district, the Rushikulya has touched the danger mark. Road communication between Berhampur-Sorada-Sheragada-Aska has been snapped due to overflowing of floodwaters. The normal life was thrown out of gear in Bhanjanagar of Ganjam district due to continuous rain that triggered flood like situation.
In Gajapati district, Rama river was flowing at a height of about 12 feet on a bridge at Mohana. As a result, road communication from Mohana to Paralakhemundi has been disrupted. In Nabarangpur district, the Bansadhara was flowing at a height of 83.4 metres against the danger level of 83 metres. The water level is expected to increase further with still lashing the upper catchments of the river.
Taking stock of the situation, 193 inmates of Aska jail have been shifted after flood water damaged main gate of the jail. ODRAF and NDRF teams have been deployed in Ganjam and Gajapati districts to carry out rescue and restoration, informed Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.
Meanwhile, it continued to rain heavily in Rayagada district as the cyclonic storm after making the landfall had crossed over the district and moved towards the northeast.
The severe cyclone’s impact was also felt in the twin cities of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar and Pilgrim Town of Puri. Main roads and houses in low-lying areas were inundated due to heavy rainfall while several places remained waterlogged.
According to MeT the highest rainfall of 225.6 mm was recorded at Mahendragiri, followed by 223.8 mm at R. Udyagiri and 216 mm at Mohana in Gajapati district. In Ganjam district, the maximum rainfall recorded was 211.8 mm at Purushottampur while it was 173.4 mm at Rajghat in Balasore district.
The average rainfall recorded at Rushikulya and Bansadhara catchments is 133.6 mm and 86 mm respectively. Besides, the average rainfall at Budhabalanga catchments has been recorded at 73.7 mm.
Meanwhile, the regional meteorological centre predicted heavy rainfall in several districts during next 24 hours. “The Deep Depression over Odisha moved east-northeastwards in past six hours with a speed of 8 kmph, and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today, the 12th October 2018 over Odisha near latitude 20.4°N and longitude 84.6°E, 30 km north-east of Phulbani and 70 km southwest of Angul. It is very likely to move northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal and weaken into a depression during next 12 hours,” said Bhubaneswar MeT in a bulletin.
Squally wind speed of 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph very likely along & off Odisha coast and 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph likely over adjoining areas of north interior Odisha during next 12 hours and adjoining areas of south interior Odisha during next 6 hours, the MeT said.
The sea condition will be rough to very rough along & off Odisha coast during next 24 hours. The fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha Coast and North Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours.