Titli, a cyclonic storm, hit coastal Odisha with strong winds and heavy rainfall in the region. Between 4.30 and 5.30 am in the morning, the storm caused landfall in Gopalpur, a beach town located in the state of Odisha.
The storm rooted out electricity poles and trees in the region and made more than three lakh people from five coastal districts to take shelter at the safe places.
Cyclone Titli, which has been categorized as a very severe cyclonic storm, has also affected train and Flight services between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. IndiGo Airline has canceled five flights to and from Bhubaneswar.
'Titli', which has been categorized as a "very severe cyclonic storm", hit the coast with a speed of 140 to 150 kmph, the Met department said. The cyclone is moving towards West Bengal and is expected to weaken gradually with decreasing wind speed.
"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 BP Sethi said.
Power supply and telephone links got disrupted, and road lines were snapped due to uprooted trees at many places of Gajapati district, Mr. Sethi said. There are also reports of damages to mud houses.
As many as five districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda, and Jagatsinghpur are receiving heavy rainfall coupled with high-speed winds following the beginning of the landfall in the region.
The collectors of these have already been instructed for evacuation of the people from low-lying areas of the region by Chief Miniter Naveen Patnaik.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force have already been positioned in vulnerable districts.
"We have not yet sought the help of Army. If required we may go for it," an official said. Another official said the Air Force and the Navy have been alerted about the situation.
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