Villagers walk towards a shelter near Arjipalli beach during rain and strong winds caused by cyclone Titli, near Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal coast, Ganjam district in Orissa on October 11.(AP)
Villagers walk towards a shelter near Arjipalli beach during rain and strong winds caused by cyclone Titli, near Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal coast, Ganjam district in Orissa on October 11.(AP)

Cyclone Titli HIGHLIGHTS: Eight dead in Andhra Pradesh, flood situation likely in coastal Odisha

Cyclone Titli with gusts of up to 165 kmph, made landfall in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh early on Thursday morning, the India Meteorological Department said.The storm wreaked havoc on infrastructure, blocking roads and hampering emergency work. Officials in Odisha evacuated more than 3,00,000 people, suspended operations at Paradip port and cancelled many trains and flights on Wednesday.Here are the highlights:

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 11:48 PM IST
8:55pm IST

Dharmendra Pradhan thanks Rajnath Singh for support

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan met Home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today and thanked him for the role played by NDRF during operations in Odisha for Cyclone Titli. Singh has assured continued support from the Centre in disaster management, rehabilitation and reconstruction needs of Odisha, reports ANI.

5:10pm IST

Patnaik reviews situation

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation after landfall of Cyclone Titli and directed officials to rush adequate relief materials and restore essential services. As Cyclone Titli is expected to move to West Bengal through Odisha, he has ordered to remain watchful and prepared, tweets CMO Odisha.

5:00pm IST

Two more NDRF teams for worst-affected Gajapati

As Gajapati is the worst hit among the districts, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has directed to deploy two more NDRF teams. District magistrates have been asked to prepare reports on house and crop damage immediately and hailed for achieving zero casualty target, tweets CMO Odisha.

4:30pm IST

Trees uprooted, properties damaged in Srikakulam

4:15pm IST

Visuals from Srikakulam in AP

4:15pm IST

Visuals from Palasa in AP

4:10pm IST

Odisha was prepared, says official

Since there was a warning about Titli, we identified vulnerable areas and shifted people to our shelters.We have a number of multi-purpose cyclone shelters across the state and we shifted people in over 1,100 shelters. It was an elaborate operation: B Sethi,special relief commissioner, Odisha, reports ANI.

3:40pm IST

Jharkhand affected

North-east districts of Jharkhand have been affected due to Cyclone Titli. Rain will continue in places around Ranchi till tomorrow: BK Mandal, director, IMD, Ranchi, reports ANI.

3:35pm IST

Wind speed weakening: Official

Immediately after landfall, it was 140-150 kmph. Gradually, it was weakening. Now it will come down to 50-60 kmph. It’ll prevail till evening today and may be for sometime after night: Srinivas, duty officer, Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, reports ANI.

3:30 pm IST

Rough to high conditions still prevail: Official

Up to evening of today, north Andhra Pradesh may experience wind speed from 50-60 kmph. Very rough to high conditions still prevailing over west central Bay of Bengal. Fishermen advised not to venture into sea: Srinivas, duty officer, Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, reports ANI.

3:15 pm IST

Odisha stares at possible flood situation

India Meteorological Department says that heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places, and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places, is very likely in Odisha in the next 24 hours.

“We believe that the entire state, except some western parts, is likely to receive rain throughout the day. Depending upon the rainfall, we may see some flood in coastal Odisha,” says chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

2:40 pm IST

8 dead in Andhra Pradesh

8 people have died in Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts, reports ANI.

1:05 pm IST

2 dead in Andhra Pradesh

The ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ left two persons dead besides causing widespread damage in Srikakulam district, says State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).

11:10 am IST

Hundreds of thousands without power in AP

“We fear 6,000-7,000 electricity poles may have been uprooted,” says K Dhananjaya Reddy, district administrative chief of Srikakulam.

“Around 400,000 to 500,000 people are now without electricity.”

10:59 am IST

Govt and authorities on alert: Dharmendra Pradhan

Government and authorities are on alert. It is the need of the hour for everyone to come forward. I am confident that this crisis will be handled in a proper way with everyone’s support: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan

10:54 am IST

Cyclone Titli to weaken gradually: IMD

Titli will weaken gradually and is expected to turn into a “deep depression” by Friday morning: IMD

“It (cyclone Titli) is very likely to move northwestwards for next 12 hours and then re-curve northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha. It is very likely to weaken gradually becoming severe cyclonic storm around noon, cyclonic storm around evening of today and a deep depression by morning of tomorrow, October 12, 2018,” states IMD.

10:26 am IST

Titli to weaken but maintain its cyclone status: Skymet forecast

10:25 am IST

No major damage or loss of life reported in Odisha

“There has been no major damage or report of casualty received from any part of the state so far. Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts,” Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said.

10:15 am IST

Landfall process complete: IMD

The latest India Meteorological Department (IMD) report said cyclone ‘Titli made the landfall between 4.30 and 5.30 am in south-west coast of Gopalpur near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh with an estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph.

The landfall process has been completed and “the centre of eye of cyclone ‘Titli’ lies over the land,” the IMD said.

9:45 am IST

Titli made landfall in AP’s Palasa not Odisha’s Gopalpur: IMD

The landfall was in Andhra Pradesh’s Palasa not at Odisha’s Gopalpur as predicted earlier, confirms IMD.

9:35 am IST

Gajapati district worst affected by cyclone Titli in Odisha

Gajapati district most affected with road communication cut off from district headquarter town of Paralakhemundi. Other affected districts are Ganjam, Balasore, Kendrapara and Khurda. No casualty reported so far: Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha.

9:10 am IST

No casualties reported in Andhra: CM Naidu

There were no casualties reported so for anywhere in the cyclone-hit areas because of preparedness by official machinery, says Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at a teleconference with the district collectors of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram.

8:59 am IST

Titli affects normal life in northern coast of AP

Heavy rain and high-speed gales in three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Viziangaram and Visakhapatnam. Traffic movement has been paralysed as electric poles fell and trees were uprooted .

Seawaters entered houses at Uppada in East Godavari district as the maximum of height of tides was of 10ft along the coast close to the point of landfall.

8:55 am IST

Trains suspended, buses services halted in AP

Trains bound for Srikakulam have been suspended and the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) also withdrew its bus services covering the cyclone-affected areas. Power supply was shut down in the wake of warnings sounded by the IMD.

8:50 am IST

Indian Coast Guard rescues 8 fishermen off Odisha coast

8:24 am IST

3 lakh evacuated, 1112 relief camps opened in Odisha

“Around 3 lakh people have been evacuated. 1112 relief camps have been opened across Odisha for the evacuees in the shelters. 105 pregnant women in Ganjam and 18 in Jgatsinghpur have been shifted to hospitals,” says Special Relief Commissioner, Biahnupada Sethi.

8:16 am IST

Heavy rain in several districts of Odisha

As cyclone Titli makes landfall, heavy rain in Ganjam, Khurdha, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha.

Damage to thatched and asbestos house, street lights. Roads are reportedly blocked in Ganjam district due to falling of trees. Power and communication disruptions have also been reported in Ganjam.

7:49 am IST

Titli moving at speed of 140-150 kmph

Cyclone Titli is moving at a speed of 140-150 kmph, reports ANI.

7:40 am IST

Visuals of Titli making landfall at Srikakulam in AP

7:35 am IST

Danger is not over yet: Skymet

7:20 am IST

NDMA lists out dos and don’ts

National Disaster Management Authority puts out a list of dos and don’ts.

6:50 am IST

Impact of Titli in Gopalpur

Several trees and electric poles have been uprooted in Gopalpur.

6:44 am IST

Diameter of the cyclone’s eye is 21 kms: IMD

The eye of cyclone Titli has crossed the coast. The diameter of the eye of the cyclone is 21 kms, says IMD.

6:41 am IST

Landfall process to take 1-2 more hours

“The process of landfall has started and it will completely cross the Odisha coast in one or two hours. The system will pass close to Gopalpur,” says H R Biswas, Director of Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar.

Heavy rains continuing in Gopalpur and several parts of Ganjam district.

6:35 am IST

Wind speed of 126 kmph at Gopalpur in Odisha

The process of landfall of the very severe cyclone Titli started early Thursday with surface wind reaching speeds of 126 kmph at Gopalpur in Odisha’s Ganjam district, says the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Titli made landfall between 4.30 and 5.30 am near Palasa of Srikakulam district with sustained wind speed of 140-150 kmph and gusts of 165 kmph.

6:32 am IST

IMD image shows cyclone hitting coast

6:27 am IST

Impact of cyclone Titli as it hits coast

6:21 am IST

Titli makes landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha: IMD

Very severe cyclonic storm Titli makes landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha: IMD

5:58 am IST

Landfall process continues

At 5 am, the landfall process continued with the forward sector of the cyclone’s eye entering into the land, says Director of Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, HR Biswas.

5:55 am IST

17 districts of Odisha on red alert

Collectors of 17 of the state’s 30 districts have been put on red alert. said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.

These districts are Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal, Boudh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Khurda, Nayagarh, Kalahandi, Koraput and Rayagada.

5:45 am IST

Titli likely to make landfall near Gopalpur coast in an hour

At Gopalpur where the landfall is likely, the surface wind speed at 4.30 am was measured at 126 km per hour at while at Kalingapatnam of North Andhra Pradesh coast, wind blew at 56 km per hour.

“It would however gradually weaken and re-curve northeastwards and move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha by Thursday afternoon,” says Director of Meterological Centre in Bhubaneswar, HR Biswas.

5:30 am IST

Cyclone Titli to reach Gopalpur between 5:30-11:30 am today

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