'Titli' Intensifies To Very Severe Cyclonic Storm; Likely To Trigger Floods In Odisha: SRC

10 October 2018


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Bhubaneswar: The cyclonic strom 'Titli' has been upgraded to a severe cyclonic storm (SCS) by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the maximum wind speed the system is expected to reach is 150 kmph, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi today.

As per the latest reports of the IMD, under the influence of the cyclonic storm, intense rainfall is likely to occur in various parts of Odisha with Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara as the most affected districts, said Sethi.

Besides, coastal and adjoining districts viz Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Boudh, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Bhadrak are also likely to face moderate to intense rainfall, he added.

The heavy rainfall is also likely to trigger floods in major rivers of Odisha. In view of the situation, State-level and district control rooms are working without break. All the District Collectors have been instructed to shift people in vulnerable areas to the multipurpose shelter homes, informed the SRC.

He further said that teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed at nine districts including Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Bhadrak and Jajpur. Besides, teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been sent to Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kalahandi.

Both the NDRF and ODRAF teams have also been deployed in the State headquarters. The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy has also been put on alert.

While schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres have been closed in five districts, the State Government is also planning to close the educational institutions in other vulnerable districts. The students' union poll in the districts will also be cancelled in view of the cyclonic storm, said Sethi.

Also Read: Cyclonic Storm 'Titli': Panic Grips Coastal Districts Of Odisha

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Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha