New Delhi, Oct 11: Very severe cyclonic storm Titli, the strongest cyclone formed on Bay of Bengal this year hit the Odisha coast at Gopalpur with a wind speed of 126 Kmph around 6:15 am today.
3 lakh people evacuated and are in shelters
Cyclone Titli is moving at a speed of 140-150 km per hour. Odisha's Gopalpur reported 102 km per hour and Andhra Pradesh's Kalingapatnam reported 56 km per hour surface wind speed, news agency ANI reported. The administration has evacuated more than three lakh people to safer locations as Cyclone Titli advances. The place is deserted and very few people are on the streets. The skies are completely overcast with clouds.
The South Western Railways cancelled/diverted/short terminated a number of trains due to cyclone Titli. Following is a release listing the trains.
Heavy rainfall is expected, says IMD
As the cyclone Titli has upgraded to very severe cyclone, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted heavy rainfall while maintaining that the cyclone will reach Gopalpur between 5:30-11:30 am on Thursday. Umashankar Das, Scientist, IMD said, "Titli cyclone is 120 km away from Gopalpur. It is moving at a speed of 11 km per hour and will reach Gopalpur between 5:30-11:30 am today. Heavy rainfall is expected. Our port warning is highest at 10. Maximum speed will be 150 km per hour."
ndrababu Naidu takes stock of the situation in Andhra Pradesh
As Cyclone Titli is expected to impact large parts of northern Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is monitoring the situation at the Real-time Governance Monitoring Centre in Amaravati. He is being briefed about the situation.
Contact information of disaster management authorities:
Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA)
Phone: 0674-2395398, 2395531
National Disaster Management Authority control room:
Phone: 011-26701728, 730
Disaster Helpline: 011-1078