Cyclone 'Titli' intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm, Odisha govt starts evacuation

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

"Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts", special relief commissioner (SRC) B.P. Sethi said.

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.

Cyclone Titli uprooted trees and electric poles and damaged hutments in Odisha's Ganjam and Gajapati districts after making landfall early Thursday morning, but no loss of life was reported from any part of the state, officials said.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation and administrative measures to face aftermath of Titli, at State secretariat in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

Horticulture crops suffered extensive damage in Srikakulam district while paddy suffered damage in Vizianagaram.

Cyclone Titli, which intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" over the Bay of Bengal, made landfall on India's eastern coast early Thursday, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.

The weather system was expected to curve to the northeast and weaken gradually, India's weather bureau said.

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13 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, along with the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed at several places along with fire brigade.

Titli, which means butterfly in Hindi, has been categorised as a very severe cyclonic storm.

Patnaik also asked officials to ensure relief facility in areas likely to be affected by the cyclone. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors.

The weatherman warned fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off the coasts of West Bengal, Odisha, deep sea areas of North Bay and Central Bay of Bengal till 12 October.

In view of rough sea conditions, the IMD has also advised hoisting of great danger signal GD-10 at Gopalpur and Puri and GD-9 at Paradip and Chandbali ports in Odisha.

"However, the landfall process will continue for next two to three hours as wall cloud in the rear sector of the cyclone is yet to enter completely into the land", P Mahapatra, Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) of India Meteorology Department (IMD), said while speaking to the Hindustan Times. The IMD has said the region will experience very heavy rain, which could lead to flooding, and strong winds.

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