Cyclone Titli: Odisha government aims to ensure zero casualties, alerts all to prepare for emergency relief work

New Delhi: Odisha is on high alert as cyclone Titli heads towards the coast. The government has said that the cyclone is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by noon, and is expected to make landfall on Thursday morning. Educational institutions in four districts of the state have been shut down.

Cyclone Titli is currently centred about 510 km southeast of Gopalpur and will cross Odisha and the adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam.

In a meeting chaired by the chief secretary, it was decided that schools, colleges and anganwadi centres in the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur will remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday. A decision will be taken on closing educational institutions in other parts of the state, after monitoring the situation of the cyclone.

The Odisha government has aimed to ensure zero-casualties during the cyclone, by alerting all district authorities to prepare for emergency relief work. Those living in low-lying areas have been asked to evacuate. Fishermen have been told not to go out to the sea as winds up to 125 kmph are likely to accompany cyclone Titli.

Deputy special relief commissioner PK Mohapatra said the state has deployed 300 motor boats, National Disaster Response Force, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams and fire personnel to assist in the rescue operation.

“Severe Cyclonic Storm #Titli over westcentral Bay of Bengal: Cyclone Warning for districts of north Andhra Pradesh & south Odisha coasts: Red Message. Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, ‘LUBAN’ over westcentral Arabian Sea – India Meteorological Department,” tweeted ANI.

(With inputs from Agencies)