Odisha evacuates 2 lakh people; several trains cancelled ahead of Cyclone Titli

WION Web Team Kolkata, West Bengal, India Oct 10, 2018, 08.15 PM(IST)

Cyclone Titli intensifies along India’s eastern coast Photograph:( ANI )

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The Met office said Cyclone Titli is likely to cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam by Thursday morning.

East Coast Railway today cancelled at least eight trains and suspended services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh in the wake of Cyclone Titli.

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Long distance trains slated to pass through East Coast Railway jurisdiction between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram on Howrah-Chennai main line may be diverted via Kharagpur-Jharsuguda-Nagpur-Balharshah-Vijayawada route, Railway spokesman  Sanjay Ghosh said.

The cyclone which is expected to make landfall between coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh is set to bring heavy rainfall in the Gangetic West Bengal until Friday, the weather department warned.

The Met office said Cyclone Titli is likely to cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam by Thursday morning.

The cyclone is set to affect large areas stretching from East and West Midnapore, Jhargram, South and North 24 Parganas districts in West Bengal. The Meteorological Department has warned tourists including fishermen not to venture into the sea at Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmani and other coastal areas.

The Met department said gale wind speed reaching 100-110 kmph, gusting to 125 kmph, will prevail over deep sea areas of west-central and north Bay of Bengal and will gradually increase to 120 to 130 kmph, gusting to 145 kmph, from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon. 

Meanwhile, the Odisha government began evacuating at least two lakh people in coastal districts of the state as Cyclone Titli intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and inched towards the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast.

The Met office warned that widespread damage could occur in low-lying areas in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh

The cyclone is likely to inundate low-lying areas in Srikakulam district with a National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) team stationed in the area, including in Visakhapatnam.