High Alert On Titli

The State Government on Tuesday asked District Collectors to stay on high alert even as India Meteorological Department (IMD) confirmed that the depression “Titli” has started moving towards the Odisha coast.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi said, all Districts Collectors have been asked to stay on high alert and take necessary measures to deal with any eventuality.
The Collectors have been asked not to grant leave to any Government Employee as a precautionary measure Besides, the leave of the employees working in the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupad Sethi told Media.
The deep depression remained practically stationary and lay centered at about 560-km southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 510-km southeast of Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh.  
"It is very likely to move west-northwards for some time and then north-westwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatanam around morning of October 11," Director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas said.
He said the system is very likely to re-curve north-eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.
Under its influence, heavy rainfall is likely to lash some places in south coastal Odisha's Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts from Wednesday.
This apart, districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall from Wednesday and Thursday.
The IMD also forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall for Kandhamal, Boudh and Dhenkanal district from October 11.
Rainfall would be accompanied by squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph and gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to commence along and off Odisha coast from Tuesday night.
The wind speed will gradually increase to 80-90 kmph and gusting to 100 kmph from Wednesday evening along and off south Odisha coast and 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph along and off north Odisha coasts, the IMD bulletin said.
 As sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough over central and adjoining North Bay of Bengal in the next 24 hours and very rough to high on October 10 and 11, fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha coast and central and north Bay of Bengal till October 12.
 In view of adverse weather conditions, the Meteorological (MeT) centre advised hoisting of Distant Cautionary Signal No 1 at all ports of Odisha.
 SRC Mr.Sethi also cautioned about possible floods in view of the heavy rainfall across the state.
It also issued storm surge warning stating that storm surge of height of about 0.5 meter above astronomical tide is very likely inundate low laying areas of Ganjam, Khurda and Puri districts of Odisha and Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.
SRC Office has issued alert to all districts, particularly the districts of coastal region, to face the ensuing situation.
 SRC Mr.Sethi said all measures have been taken to safeguard the people in coastal and low-lying areas. Provision of drinking water supply has also been made in case it is needed, he said.
Mr.Sethi directed the District Collectors to identify people living near the coast in the districts of Ganjam, Khordha and Puri and shift them to safe shelters.
Since damage to thatched huts is expected over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Nayagarh and Puri, people living in kutcha houses who are likely to be affected by the cyclone shall also be evacuated to cyclone/flood shelters and other safe pucca buildings.
The SRC has also asked other district authorities to assess the situation in their respective districts and take steps to evacuate the people living in vulnerable conditions to safe shelters.
It has been directed to ensure cooked food through free kitchen, safe drinking water, health and sanitation facilities and lighting arrangement at the shelters.
District Emergency Operation Centre and control rooms of the offices of other Departments have been asked to operate round the clock. As many as 300 power boats of Special Relief Organisation have been prepositioned in the districts, said Mr.Sethi.

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