Cyclone Titli has been predicted to hit regions of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh tomorrow around 5:30 A.M. The officials of both the states have started taking measures to protect the regions from the severe cyclonic storm.
The cyclone will cause landslides between Gopalpur, Odisha and Kalingapatanam, Andhra Pradesh with an intense speed of 145 kmph.
Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha, asked for zero casualties and for proper measures to be taken for the rescue of the people living in the low lying areas of Ganjam, Khudra and Puri districts. Eight hundred and thirty six flood shelter camps and 300 motor boats have been made available by the officials in Odisha. Around 1000 people have been shifted from the low lying areas.
According to weather reports, Cyclone Titli is seen 280 km away from the coastal area of Gopalpur and 270 km away from Kalingapatanam. Areas within these states may witness high rainfall tomorrow. A high alert has been announced in places like Ganjam and Puri.
H. R. Biswas, Director of the Meteorological Department of Bhubaneswar said, “Titli is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It is likely to move northwestwards from tonight and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday.”
National Disaster Response Force and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams have already been deployed for rescue operations in Odisha. Schools and colleges were shut down today and will remain closed tomorrow as well in those districts of the state which are under high alert.
The heavy cyclone will be seen affecting certain areas of West Bengal such as Kolkata, 24 Parganas, Diamond Harbour and Digha. These areas might witness heavy rainfall on the 11th and 12th of October.