**Bhubaneswar: ** Clearing of the uprooted trees and damaged thatched and kutcha (temporary) houses after the landfall of very severe cyclonic storm Titli has become the urgent priority of the Odisha Police and administration.
Very severe cyclonic storm Titli made landfall at Palasa in Andhra Pradesh very close to Gopalpur in Ganjam district of Odisha at around 5.30 AM today. Under its effect many roads were blocked due to uprooting of trees and tonnes of debris were left behind due to the damage of thatched and kutcha (temporary) houses.
Ganjam and Gajapati were reported to be the most affected districts. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi informed in a presser that roads from Parlakhemundi to Kasinagar, Mohana & Gosaninuagaon of Gajapati Dist have been blocked due to uprooted trees.
While no casualty have been reported from the affected districts, clearance of road and restoration of communication lines are going on at a war footing.
Prior to the landfall, thousands of persons living in low lying areas had been evacuated to cyclone shelters and other safer places. Constant vigil was also maintained in vulnerable areas and coast line through intensive patrolling to prevent people from venturing into the sea and avoid eventualities.
Small teams for rescue and restoration work had been formed and attached to different police stations and IICs were in coordination with local Tehsildars and BDOs. All the police personnel were mobilised to the field for clean up drive.
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