The Regional Meteorological Department here on Wednesday warned of intense spells of thundershower accompanied by gusty wind in six south Bengal districts for the next four days, triggered by a cyclonic storm even as brief rain played spoilsport amid heightened Durga Puja preparations across the state.
Cyclone 'Titli' over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" on Wednesday and is moving towards the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast."The cyclone is currently 240 kilometres away in the south-east direction from Odisha's Gopalpur. It is expected to hit the coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh," said a meteorological department official.
- Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a high-level meeting over Cyclone Titli and asked district collectors to go for an immediate evacuation of people in the low-laying areas in the coastal belt.
- 10 teams of NDRF and eight teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force have been deployed.
- Odisha government has set the target for "zero casualties". All districts are on high alert, particularly those in the coastal region.
- The district collectors have been asked to make necessary arrangements to shift people living in low-lying areas.
- Down trains from Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam will not be allowed from Duvvada after 6.40 pm and no movement of passenger trains will take place between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram section after 10 pm till further advice.
- Cyclone Titli upgraded to 'very severe cyclonic storm', says Odisha chief secretary. Padhi further said that all schools, colleges, and anganwadi centres would remain closed on October 11 and 12.
- Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) along with Fire Service personnel have been sent to various districts.
With inputs agencies/ New24 Bureau