MeraNews Network, Odisha: Over three lakh people were moved to safety as cyclone Titli made a landfall in the Gopalpur district of Odisha in the eastern coast of India on early Thursday morning at around 4:30 AM. Several trees and electric poles lay uprooted and flight and train services have been hit due to the cyclone.
However, there is no loss of life reported so far. The Bhubaneswar Met office said the Cyclone has crossed the entire Odisha coast. Categorized as ‘very severe cyclonic storm’, Titli hit the eastern coast at the powerful speeds of 140 to 150 kmph and is currently moving towards West Bengal.
At least five districts of Odisha are receiving heavy to very heavy rainfalls since Titli made its landfall. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force, NDRF has deployed 14 teams in Odisha, four teams in Andhra and three teams in West Bengal along with necessary rescue equipment.
Additional teams have been put on standby in the respective areas likely to be affected. Army, Navy, and coastguard have also been put on standby so that they can be deployed at short notice as per requirement.
A number of south going trains have been canceled or route has been rescheduled. The road connection between Brahmapur and Gopalpur has been cut off at many places. Control Rooms have been opened in Railway Stations at different places.
Flood is expected in river Rushikulya and Banshadhara in Ganjam District. Some flight services have been canceled by Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued Red Warnings for 18 districts in Odisha. The State government is closely monitoring the situation to avoid any casualty.