Cyclone 'Titli' crosses Odisha drift, no death reported

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Cyclone Titli uprooted trees and electric shafts and hurt huntsmen in Odisha's Ganjam and Gajapati areas in the wake of making landfall early Thursday morning, yet no loss of life was represented from any bit of the state, experts said. 

The tornado also enacted generous precipitation in something like three areas and made minor mischief power and correspondence.

There has been no major damage or report of casualty received from any part of the state so far. Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said.

Power supply and telephone links got disrupted and road communication snapped due to uprooted trees at many places of Gajapati district, the SRC said. Efforts are on to clear roads blocked by uprooted trees and restore power supply in affected areas at the earliest, he said.

In all, eight districts - Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore - have been affected by "very severe cyclone Titli", he added. 

Tornado 'Titli' activated overwhelming to substantial precipitation in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri regions of Odisha, while harm of hutments and asbestos-roofed houses, road lights, street barricade due to removed trees were accounted for from Ganjam. Street correspondence among Paralakhemundi and Mohana and some other square central station in Gajapati had been disturbed under the effect of the typhoon, he said. In Ganjam, reports of harm to hutments and different structures and removing of trees were gotten from a few zones.

The most recent India Meteorological Department (IMD) report said twister 'Titli made the landfall somewhere in the range of 4.30 and 5.30 am in south-west bank of Gopalpur close Palasa in Andhra Pradesh with an expected greatest supported surface breeze speed of 140-150 kmph blasting to 165 kmph.

The landfall process has been completed and "the centre of eye of cyclone 'Titli' lies over the land," the IMD said. The system is now moving northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and it will weaken gradually, it said.

A hour after the landfall, Gopalpur in Odisha revealed surface breeze at 126 kmph, Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh recorded breeze speed of 56 kmph.  As violent wind 'Titli' entered the land mass, a few locale, including Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri, are getting great measure of precipitation combined with fast breeze. 

Chief of Meteorological (MeT) Center Bhubaneswar H R Biswas said the "extremely serious cyclonic tempest" (VSCS) is being checked by the seaside Doppler Weather Radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip. As a feature of its pre-twister readiness, the Odisha government has emptied more than 3 lakh individuals living in low-lying zones of the five beach front areas in front of the landfall. They were suited in 1,112 violent wind covers. 

By and large, 105 pregnant ladies in Ganjam region and 18 in Jagatsinghpur have been moved to clinics, the SRC said. He said 13 groups of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been sent at a few places alongside flame unit.

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