Titli crosses crosses coast near Srikakulam; 2 deaths reported

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

"The storm has caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in some districts of Odisha, damage to houses, street lights and roadblocks due to fallen trees", said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.

"If required, more people will be evacuated to safer places", he added.

During its north westward movement it will weaken gradually and re-curve north eastward towards Gangetic West Bengal.

It was likely to make landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh early on Thursday at a wind speed of 145 kmph.

Titli made landfall between the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast early Thursday morning, disrupting road and telecommunications networks and power supply in most parts of Ganjam and Gajapati districts.

"The process of landfall has started and it will completely cross the Odisha coast in one or two hours". The state's disaster management chief, D Varaprasad, said that shortages of drinking water were a concern in many areas.

Several districts, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Kandhamal, Boudh and Dhenkanal were expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall till Thursday.

The three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam experienced heavy rains and high-speed gales. Odisha's Gopalpur reported 102 kmph wind velocity and Andhra Pradesh's Kalingapatnam reported 56 kmph surface wind speed.

All eight deaths were reported from the Andhra Pradesh coast and no casualties were reported so far from neighbouring Orissa. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

People in five coastal districts of Odisha have been asked to evacuate once the storm intensified.

In view of adverse weather conditions, it has advised hoisting of local warning signal LW-4 at all ports of Odisha.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is slated to take a review of the overall damage caused by Cyclone Titli.

Around 300 boats have been arranged ahead of the storm for assistance in the rescue operation and all 879 cyclone and flood shelters have been kept on standby.

The chief secretary of the state, Aditya Prasad Padhi, announced the closure of all schools, colleges and anganwadis on October 11 and 12. He ordered for provision of adequate relief materials to the affected and needy.

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