Cyclone Titli: Schools, colleges to remain closed on Oct 11 & 12

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A cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard on Thursday, destroying huts, uprooting trees, snapping power lines and telephone poles, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

The cyclonic storm Titli made landfall near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district early on Thursday, bringing with it strong winds that uprooted trees and heavy rainfall.

All eight deaths were reported from the Andhra Pradesh coast and no casualties were reported so far from neighbouring Orissa.

The storm is expected hit Odisha coast on October 11 morning.

- Total destruction of thatched houses/ extensive damage to kutcha houses.

Authorities say roads are blocked and power supplies have been lost in many areas. "The evacuation operation was carried out soon after the warning was issued days before and people are now in relief camps", said Vishnu Pad Sethi, Relief Commissioner (DM), Odisha. While several areas in coastal Odisha were lashed by rain on Wednesday, the IMD has forecast "heavy to very heavy rainfall" at several places and "extremely heavy rainfall" at isolated areas till Thursday under the impact of the very severe cyclonic storm.

"Officials of all the departments of the state government including Revenue, Agriculture, Fisheries, Police, Roads and Buildings and State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) are on board the rescue operation", the SP added.

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Wind speeds of up to 150kph were reported, with gusts of up to 165kph. Thereafter, it is likely to re-curve northeastward, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually, said director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, H.R. Biswas. Similarly, in north coastal Odisha, wind speed will be around 70 to 80 km per hour and gusting up to 90 km per hour. The rainfall intensity will decrease from Friday.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and the deep sea have been advised to remain sheltered till further notice.

"People will continue to remain in the relief camps at least till Friday, and will be shifted as the situation improves".

Bishnupada Sethi said Gajapati was the most affected district and a report over the damage has been sought from the Collector.

Evacuation was carried out in the five coastal districts of Ganjam, Puri, Khura, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara.

The landfall process has been completed and "the centre of eye of cyclone "Titli" lies over the land", the IMD said.