Red Alert On Titli

With the cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ intensifying into very severe cyclonic storm over West-Central Bay of Bengal, the IMD has issued Red Alert for seven districts for today.

Red Alert was issued for the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore of Odisha for today till 8.30 PM of 11 October.

The Orange Warning was given for Khordha, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Keonjhar districts for today till tomorrow.

The IMD issued red alert for Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Boudhm Balangir, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khordha, Nayagarh, Cuttack Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Bhadrak and Balasore for tomorrow till Oct 12.

Extremely heavy rainfall is likely at few places over the districts Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nayagarh for 11 October.

With severe cyclone 'Titli' over the Bay of Bengal Wednesday intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm and threatening to wreak havoc,  the Odisha Government began evacuation of people in five vulnerable coastal districts.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who took stock of the situation, asked the District Collectors of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Kendrapara and Jagtsinghpur districts to go for an immediate evacuation of people in the low-laying areas in the coastal belt and keep men and machines ready to face any eventuality.
The Chief Minister has also asked the authorities to ensure 'Zero Casualty' and keep the cyclone shelters ready for housing the people during disaster.
Mr.Patnaik ordered closure of all schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres on Thursday and Friday in view of the IMD's forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall across the state.
The college students union elections, earlier scheduled to be held on Thursday, have also been cancelled.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said the District Administration of Ganjam has already started evacuating people in Gopalpur area, where very severe cyclone 'Titli' is likely to make a landfall at about 5.30 am Thursday.
Over 2,000 people have already been shifted to safer place, officials say.
Mr.Padhi said immediate evacuation was being launched in view of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of a tidal surge of about 1 m during landfall of cyclone 'Titli'.
The Chief Secretary said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) personnel have already been positioned in vulnerable districts.
"We have not yet sought help of Army. If required we may go for it," Mr.Padhi said replying a question.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) BP Sethi said the Odisha government was prepared to face the possible floods in view of the heavy rainfall across the state.
Mr.Sethi said the state government has already informed the Air Force and Indian Navy about the situation and may take their help if required.
Around 300 motor boats have been arranged to assist in rescue operation as there is a likelihood of flood situation due to possibility of heavy rains till October 11.
All the 836 cyclone and flood shelters have also been kept in a state of preparedness, while adequate relief materials arranged, he said.
The East Coast Railway has cancelled or rescheduled several trains as a precautionary measure.
The State Government has warned the traders against exploiting the situation.
It has directed the officials to ensure availability of essentital commodities while keeping a watch on the prices.Warnings have also been issued on rising rivers due to heavy rain due to the low pressure.

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