9 dead after severe cyclone hits eastern Indian coast

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power

The maximum brunt was borne by Gajapati district, with uprooted trees hampering movement of vehicles.

Road communication between Paralakhemundi and Mohana and some other block headquarters in Gajapati had been disrupted under the impact of the cyclone, he said.

"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.

In Ganjam, reports of damage to hutments and other structures and uprooting of trees were received from some areas, he said.

Cyclone Titli is expected to make landfall at the Odisha coast at around 5:30 am tomorrow.

Taking the situation into account the state government has canceled leaves for all government employees and has asked all officials who are on leave to join duty immediately, the chief secretary informed.

The cyclone wreaked havoc in Ganjam and Gajapati districts of Odisha, but the evacuation of about 3 lakh people ensured there were no fatalities.

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As the very severe cyclonic storm Titli made landfall and led to a downpour in eight districts, Odisha is facing a possible flood situation in its coastal belt on Thursday, an official said. While four NDRF teams have been deployed in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam, Srikakulum and Vijaynagram.

Patnaik has also ordered closure of all schools, colleges and anganwadi centres on Thursday and Friday in view of the IMD's forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall across the state.

East Coast Railway has already announced cancellation of some trains, diversion and short-termination of trains between Vizianagaram and Khurda Road (in Odisha).

It is likely to weaken gradually only after re-curving northeastward to move towards Gangetic West Bengal.

The official also said there were no reports of deaths due to electric shocks in the area. The IMD has said the region will experience very heavy rain, which could lead to flooding, and strong winds.

Fishermen have been advised by the Met department not to venture into the sea along and off West Bengal coast, Odisha coast, deep sea areas of North Bay and Central Bay of Bengal till October 12.

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