Cyclone Titli: Schools, colleges to remain closed on Oct 11 & 12

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

Gopalpur in Odisha reported 102kmph and Kalingapatnam 56kmph surface wind speed at 5:30am, IMD said in a bulletin.

The eye of the storm, which intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" over the Bay of Bengal, made landfall early Thursday in coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states.

Reviewing the already afoot evacuation process starting with Ganjam district, Patnaik said all schools, colleges and anganwadi centres would be closed on October 11 and 12. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.

Speaking to TNM, Vizianagaram Superintendent of Police G Pala Raju said, "As far as this district is concerned, two mandals, Gummalakshmipuram and Parvathipuram, were affected the most".

The cyclone left eight people dead, besides causing widespread damage in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said.

Road communication between Berhampur-Kanamunda in Ganjam district disrupted as trees have been uprooted at many places under the influence of CycloneTitli; ODRAF team on the spot.

He also directed the departments concerned to take up fix of the damaged roads, restoration of power and drinking water supply and alternative arrangement of power to the water supply centres in the affected districts in the aftermath of the cyclone.

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Titli Cyclone has been upgraded to "very severe cyclonic storm".

Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted in south coastal Odisha's Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts from Wednesday.

The latest observations indicate that "Titli", over west-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 19 kmph during the past six hours. Rain will continue in places around Ranchi till tomorrow, said BK Mandal, Director, IMD, Ranchi.

In view of adverse weather conditions, it has advised hoisting of local warning signal LW-4 at all ports of Odisha.

Following the forecast, the Indian Railways chose to halt train services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh.

The system is now moving northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and it will weaken gradually, it said.

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