Cyclone Titli: No casualty in Odisha till 2 p.m.

first_imgAlthough no casualty from Odisha has been reported due to ‘very severe cyclone Titli’ till 2 p.m. on Thursday, news about damages caused by the cyclone is trickling in from south Odisha districts like Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation and administrative measures to face aftermath of Titli, at State secretariat in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. This meeting was attended by State chief secretary, development commissioner, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), heads of various departments and director of the meteorology department.The CM reiterated that no one had died in Odisha due to this cyclonic storm. He expressed his satisfaction of ‘zero casualty’ during this cyclonic storm that had its landfall near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh between 4.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. on Thursday.Around three lakh people from low laying cyclone vulnerable areas of coastal districts have been sheltered at 1112 relief camps. Around two lakh of them were of Ganjam district. They were provided relief materials and other basic amenities.This cyclonic storm will pass over Odisha to reach Gangetic West Bengal. Mr Patnaik said that administrative officials must keep close watch on its impact. He ordered for provision of adequate relief materials to the affected and needy.The CM directed officials concerned to take up immediate measures for resumption of electricity, drinking water supply and connectivity of road in areas affected by the cyclone. Collectors were ordered to make an assessment and file a report on damages to crops and houses as early as possible.Some districts of Odisha have experienced rainfall over 100mm. Except for western districts all other parts of Odisha are expected to have rains due to the cyclonic storm.Thirteen NDRF teams were deployed in ten districts while ODRAF teams were deployed in nine districts. Fire services teams were in high alert throughout the State.Meanwhile, reports of damages have started to come up from Gajapati and Rayagada districts of south Odisha. Road and telecommunication has been disrupted in several parts of Gajapati district.Because of damages caused by the cyclone near Palasa, East Coast Railway has not yet resumed train services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizainagaram in Andhra Pradesh, which had been stalled from 10PM on Wednesday.Titli’ is moving north westward over coastal Odisha causing heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts different parts of the State. During its north westward movement it will weaken gradually and re-curve north eastward towards Gangetic West Bengal.last_img

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