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Cyclone Titli makes land fall near Palasa; wreaks havoc in Gajapati

Bhubaneswar: The very severe cyclone Titli made its landfall by crossing north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coast (near Palasa, Srikakulam district) to the southwest of Gopalpur between 4.30 AM and 5.30 AM on Thursday, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).Cyclone TitliGale wind speed touching close to 149 kmph, uprooted huge trees at many places disrupting vehicular movements. The landfall process continued for the next two to three hours. The wind speed is likely to gradually decrease due to the weakening of the cyclone.
According Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) of Odisha, Bishnupad Sethi, Titli cyclone affected Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of the State.The very severe cyclonic storm caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts of Odisha. Damage of thatched & asbestos house, Street lights, roads blockage due to falling of trees, is reported in Ganjam district. Further, minor damage to power and communication have also been reported in Ganjam district.Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said Gajapati was the most affected district and a report over the damage has been sought from the Collector. However, there is no report of any human casualty so far, Sethi added.According to reports road communication from Paralakhemundi to Kashinagar, Mohana and Gosani in Gajapati has been completely disrupted as several big trees have been uprooted. Besides, the strong winds also uprooted several trees at Gopalpur in Berhampur.Joint Relief Commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mahapatra said that the felled trees are being cleared by the ODRAF and fire service team.

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