Cyclone Titli: Odisha evacutes 3 lakh people from coastal districts

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The people in the affected districts can contact on the Congress helpline numbers - 7609852131, 8895203001, 9861011962, 7008799364, 9348161633, 8847858020, 9937948868 and 9237010939. Srikakulam district bore the brunt of the storm as strong winds uprooted a large number of coconut trees.

Titli made landfall between the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast early Thursday morning, disrupting road and telecommunications networks and power supply in most parts of Ganjam and Gajapati districts.

In a video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed that the state has taken precautions to deal with the situation.

Cyclone Titli, a very severe cyclonic storm, hit the Andhra Pradesh coast near Palasa in the southern state's Srikakulam district early on Thursday as it uprooted trees, twisted electric poles and dumped heavy rains in the area, weather officials said.

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Horticulture crops suffered extensive damage in Srikakulam district while paddy suffered damage in Vizianagaram.

After attending the review meeting at the office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) at State Secretariat here this evening, Naveen told reporters: "Till now 3 lakh people have been evacuated as cyclone Titli is likely to make landfall at 5 am tomorrow". On the other hand, keeping the situation in view the state government declared closure of schools, colleges, Anganwadi Centres and other educational institutions across state for two days on October 11 and 12.

East Coast Railway has already announced cancellation of some trains, diversion and short-termination of trains between Vizianagaram and Khurda Road (in Odisha).

Titli, which means butterfly in Hindi, has been categorised as a very severe cyclonic storm.

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Also, operations at Paradip port have been suspended and all ships have been shifted to deep sea. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

The severe storm, which is expected to turn into a cyclone by Thursday night, crossed the north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coast and moved towards Gopalpur in Odisha.

Districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall till Thursday, the IMD said.

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