Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Vizag under danger radar as Titli Cyclone inches towards the coastline

Vizag under danger radar as Titli Cyclone inches towards the coastline

The people in the affected districts can contact on the Congress helpline numbers - 7609852131, 8895203001, 9861011962, 7008799364, 9348161633, 8847858020, 9937948868 and 9237010939.

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.

Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh, and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts of Odisha are the pointed out places under the danger radar.

BHUBANESWAR, India: A cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard on Thursday, killing at least five people, destroying huts, uprooting trees, snapping telephone poles and power lines and leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity.

Casualties were low as administrations in both states had evacuated thousands of people from the low-lying coastal areas bordering the Bay of Bengal.

The cyclone caused widespread damage in the coastal areas of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of north Andhra Pradesh and in Odisha. He said that two more NDRF teams have been deployed in Gajapati district for restoration work. However, the damage in Ganjam district is lesser than what was anticipated, said Padhi.

Patnaik has also ordered closure of all schools, colleges and anganwadi centres on Thursday and Friday in view of the IMD's forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall across the state.

It is expected to curve northeastwards again towards the Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha, but losing power all the while. Airport officials said no other airline cancelled flights, a couple of flights were delayed due to bad weather.

An East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said train services will remain suspended between Khurda Road and Vizianagram from both directions after 10 pm Wednesday till further notice.

Titli, which means butterfly in Hindi, has been categorised as a very severe cyclonic storm. As many as 105 pregnant women in Ganjam and 18 in Jagatsinghpur were shifted to hospitals. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

The Yo Vizag team is constantly in touch with the Cyclone Warning Centre and as per the reports, Titli took shape into a very severe cyclone.

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