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Titli made landfall as a very severe cyclonic storm on Thursday with the wind speed of up to 150 kmph. Land fall is expected at 5.30 am tomorrow in south Odisha. Several teams of the Odisha Disaster Response Force (ODRF) were deployed in nine districts - Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Boudh and Kalahandi, according to the Home Ministry.

Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 3,000 people from highly vulnerable areas have been evacuated to safety while over 1,000 houses were damaged in the cyclone.

Sea conditions will remain rough to very rough along and off the West Bengal coast till Friday evening.

Those evacuated were being kept in special shelters and pregnant women were moved to state-run health centres and hospitals, the commissioner said.

Traffic on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway was hit after uprooted trees blocked some sections of the road.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) had sounded a red alert for the two states for October 11.

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi announced that all schools, colleges and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday.

The CM after reviewing the situation asked the concerned district Collectors to expedite rescue operations and provide cooked food to the affected people for the next 7 days.

Titli would start changing its track during the afternoon hours, which would then track northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha.

The IMD advised a total suspension of fishing operations and shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places.

On speaking about the area which is likely to face a severe wrath of the cyclone, " Srikakulam is under the danger radar since the place is close in proximity with the cyclone movement.

Stressing on the government's "zero casualty" disaster management policy, Patnaik said, "The state government has been closely monitoring the situation".

Cyclone "Titli" triggered heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts of Odisha, while damage of hutments and asbestos-roofed houses, street lights, road blockade due to uprooted trees were reported from Ganjam. Similarly, the water level of Bada River near Gallery, Nuagaon, Madhababarida, Bhanjanagar and Aska has also crossed danger mark and Bahuda River in Kabisuryanagar is flowing above its danger level, reports said.


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