New Delhi: Titli cyclone reportedly weakened on Friday and was moving towards North East direction. Passengers were reported are stranded at Vishakhapatnam, Puri and Balasore railway stations. Nine people have lost their lives to the cyclone that made a landfall in Odisha on Thursday. Late in the night, an eight-year-old boy reportedly drowned in a canal in Ganjam district of Odisha. Search was still on for six families reported missing. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was quick to announce that ‘Mission Zero Casualty’ had been achieved, however, the boy drowned later in the night. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was in Srikakulam to oversee the situation with the district authorities.
In Andhra Pradesh, over 3,000 people have been evacuated while the Odisha government has evacuated over three lakh people. There has been a heavy loss of cattle and crops mostly from Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh. Over 2,000 electric poles in Andhra Pradesh were uprooted by squally winds. Andhra CM’s Office said out of the 67 fishing boats, 65 had had a safe return.
Meanwhile, traffic on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway was hit as uprooted trees blocked the roads. The South Central Railway and the East Coast Railway cancelled several trains while few others were terminated midway. Some express trains were diverted. Train services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh also remained suspended since 10 PM Wednesday. As many as 15 teams of NDRF and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force were deployed in the cyclone-hit areas of Odisha along with fire brigade personnel.
IMD had forecast that “It (cyclone Titli) is very likely to move northwestwards for next 12 hours and then re-curve northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha. It is very likely to weaken gradually becoming severe cyclonic storm around noon, cyclonic storm and eventually a deep depression by the morning of tomorrow, October 12.”