Khabarindiaonline: The cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ over west central Bay of Bengal intensified into a severe cyclonic storm today. It is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 to 18 hours. The system is moving north-northwest wards and is very likely to cross Odisha coast and adjoining North Andhra Pradesh coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around tomorrow morning.
Under the cyclonic impact heavy rain is now occurring at many coastal and isolated places of Odisha. As per the information received from Bhubaneswar met office, the wind speed-reaching 60-70 km per hour gusting to 80 km per hour and is very likely to commence along and off Odisha coast from today evening. The Met office said the intensity of the storm is likely to increase gradually becoming 130 km per hour gusting to 145 km per hour from tonight onwards along and off Odisha coast.
Currently Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Ganjam, Puri, Gajapati districts are receiving medium to heavy rain fall. The Met office also said the rain will continue till Friday.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government has geared up to face the situation setting a target of zero casualty. It has ordered closure of schools, colleges and anganwadi centres in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagtsinghpur from today. The government directed the collectors of at least 15 districts to remain on and take all possible measures to tackle the situation. Special Relief Commissioner’s office said around 300 motor boats have been arranged to assist in the rescue operation and the entire 879 cyclone and flood shelters have been kept in a state of preparedness.
During previous cyclones such as Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014, the government had ensured zero casualty and earned laurels from the United Nations for successful disaster management. ( Source: AIRN ).