Storm Makes Landfall in Odisha’s Ganjam District; Road, Rail Commute Hit

Cyclone Titli LIVE Updates: Cyclone Titli has made landfall at Gopalpur in Odisha’s Ganjam district, bringing heavy rainfall along. The India Meteorological Department said the very severe cyclone Titli will completely cross the Odisha coast in one or two hours. Since the landfall process started this morning, at least five districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur have been receiving good rainfall coupled with high speed winds under the impact of cyclone Titli. Several trains have been either cancelled or delayed, while road transport in some parts of Odisha has also been affected.

The cyclonic storm is being monitored by the coastal Doppler Weather Radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip. The latest observations indicate that ‘Titli’, over west-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 19 kmph during the past six hours.

After the landfall, the system is very likely to re-curve gradually northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually. Reports of trees, electric poles getting uprooted and damages to kuchha houses were reported, officials said, adding that road communication in some places, including Gopalpur and Berhampur, was snapped.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government has geared up its machinery to tackle the situation. The state government has already evacuated over 3 lakh people living in low lying areas and kuchha houses ahead of the landfall in five coastal districts.

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