Bhubaneswar, Oct 10: The Odisha government on Wednesday directed the Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara district administrations to evacuate people living in low lying areas where cyclonic storm Titli is expected to pass through after making landfall on Thursday morning.
After the Met office informed Titli has been upgraded to “severe” category, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered the collectors of these five districts to ensure ‘zero casualties’.
Addressing media, Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary of Odisha, said that “Titli Cyclone has been upgraded to ‘very severe cyclonic storm’. Land fall is expected at 5.30 am tomorrow in south Odisha. Collectors of 5 districts directed to start evacuation of people living in low lying areas. Adequate relief provisions have been made”.
In the wake of bad weather condition, all schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres will remain closed on 11th and 12th October.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone Titli formed over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and was moving towards the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast.
It may trigger landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh early on Thursday at a wind speed of 145 kmph.
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.
So far, 10 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and eight teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in various districts.