Cyclone Titli crosses Odisha coast, no loss of life reported in state

  • | Thursday | 11th October, 2018

"There has been no major destruction or report of casualty from any part of the state so far. "The damage is less than what we had feared," the chief secretary said.He said communication to all block headquarters in Gajapati district was hit as roads were blocked by uprooted trees and broken branches.Padhi said the state government moved over three lakh people Wednesday to safe places which helped avoid loss of life in the natural calamity. The evacuees are housed in 1,112 shelters where food and sanitation facilities are available.Altogether, 105 pregnant women in Ganjam district and 18 in Jagatsinghpur have been shifted to hospitals, Sethi said.Train services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh remained suspended since 10 pm Wednesday, East Coast Railway sources said. "The chief minister gave instruction to send two more teams of NDRF to Gajapati where extensive damage has been caused to roads, hutments, electric and telephone poles," Chief Secretary A P Padhi said.Thirteen teams of National Disaster Response Force and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force have been deployed in affected areas along with fire brigade personnel. BHUBANESWAR: Cyclone Titli , which made its landfall early Thursday, uprooted trees and electric poles and damaged hutments in Odisha 's Ganjam and Gajapati districts but no loss of life was reported from any part of the state, officials said.The very severe cyclone Titli made its landfall near Palasa in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, southwest of Gopalpur town in Odisha, between 4.30 and 5 am.In all, eight districts — Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore — have been affected by "very severe cyclone Titli", Special Relief Commissioner B P Sethi said.The cyclone triggered heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts of Odisha, causing minor damage to power and communication.

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