Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Eight dead as severe cyclone hits eastern Indian coast

Eight dead as severe cyclone hits eastern Indian coast

There were reports from Odisha's districts of Ganjam and Gajapati of trees being uprooted along with electricity and communication poles, news agency dpa said. Weathermen warn of more hefty showers ahead in the region.

Another ground-level report from Berhampur said that there was just a drizzle and winds up to a maximum speed of 70 km/hr and not much damage till 7:30 AM this morning.

According to the local administration, the situation is under control, as the wind speed has begun to decrease and the cyclone is dissipating.

Berhampur: Cyclone Titli makes landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha today; heavy rain lashes several parts of the state.

Speaking to TNM, Vizianagaram Superintendent of Police G Pala Raju said, "As far as this district is concerned, two mandals, Gummalakshmipuram and Parvathipuram, were affected the most". The wind velocity in Gopalpur peaked over 126 kmph.

Tropical cyclone "Titli", with gusts of up to 165 kph (100 mph), made landfall in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said.

Rainfall is predicted in North and South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Burdwan, East and West Midnapore, Nadia and Murshidabad.

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India
9 dead after severe cyclone hits eastern Indian coast

Tourists at seaside resort towns of Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmani and other places along the coast in the state have been advised "not to undergo any seawater-bound activities during this period", the MeT department said.

Fishermen have been asked not to venture out into the sea for the next few days.

The eight reported deaths were all in Andhra Pradesh.

Long distance trains supposed to pass through ECoR jurisdiction between Khurda Road & Vizianagaram, Howrah-Chennai Main Line may be diverted via Nagpur -Balharshah- Vijayawada directions, if feasible.

The 12841 Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express, 12863 Howrah-Yesvantpur Express, 12504 Agartala-Bengaluru Cant Humsafar Express have been diverted via Kharagpur-Jharsuguda-Sambalpur-Rayagada-Vizianagaram route.

The weather system was expected to curve to the northeast and weaken gradually, India's weather bureau said.

Cyclone hit the coast along the Bay of Bengal with surface wind speeds of 140 to 150 kilometres per hour.

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