Cyclone Titli Highlights: Several coastal districts in Odisha are receiving heavy rainfall since early morning after the cyclone ‘Titli’ hit the Gopalpur area of Ganjam at 5:30 am. According to state administration, several mud houses, trees and electric poles have been uprooted due to high-intensity storm. The neighbouring northern Andhra Pradesh is also receiving rainfall since morning. The IMD has said that the surface wind speed in Gopalpur is around 126 kmph and it will pass Odisha coast by late afternoon. The five Odisha districts that have come under the influence of cyclone Titli are Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara. So far, more than 3 lakh people from these districts have been evacuated. Schools, colleges and anganwadi centres have been shut in these districts.
According to the weather office, Titli cyclone formed over the Bay of Bengal and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. It said that the 24 to 36 hours are very crucial for the coastal areas. Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday evening chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness in view of the Title cyclone.