Friday, 19 October, 2018

Odisha On Zero Casualty Mission Against Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Titli

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India Cyclone Titli batters eastern India, 300,000 evacuated
Deanna Wagner | 12 October, 2018, 05:47

There were no deaths reported but trees and electricity poles were uprooted, officials told PTI, with roads and makeshift mud-brick houses also damaged. Weathermen warn of more hefty showers ahead in the region. "The city would be experiencing gusty winds at the speed more than 120km/hr". "Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts", special relief commissioner (SRC) B.P. Sethi said.

But the extent of collateral damage was not as heavy compared to Cyclone Phailin-an extremely severe cyclone that hit the coast in 2013-the most intense cyclone to make landfall in India since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. The wind velocity in Gopalpur peaked over 126 kmph.

"However, the landfall process will continue for next two to three hours as wall cloud in the rear sector of the cyclone is yet to enter completely into the land", P Mahapatra, Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) of India Meteorology Department (IMD), said while speaking to the Hindustan Times.

A truck driver comes out from his vehicle to take shelter during rain and strong winds caused by cyclonic storm named Titli, or Butterfly near Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal coast, Ganjam district, eastern Orissa state, India, Thursday, Oct.11, 2018. So far, about 1,000 people have been shifted to safer place, he said.

Following the forecast, the Indian Railways made a decision to halt train services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh.

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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", he said.

Wednesday's 12839 Howrah-Chennai Mail has been rescheduled to leave Howrah at 8 am Thursday, while 12660 Gurudev Express of Wednesday will leave Shalimar at 8.15 am the next day. After landfall, it may recurve and move towards West Bengal and northeast states.

The Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday, October 9, issued a red alert to the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha as Cyclone Titli is set to intensify in the next 24 hours.

The IMD said rainfall would be accompanied by gale wind speed reaching 140 to 150 kmph and gusting to 165 kmph along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.The sea condition is very high over west-central Bay of Bengal.