Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed preparedness for cyclonic storm Titli & ordered officials to target zero casualty. He also ordered all schools, colleges, anganwadis to remain shut for next two days; people living in low lying areas in affected districts to be relocated to safe places.
The state government has also cancelled the students’ union elections in colleges and universities across the state scheduled for today. In the view of Titli Cyclone to affect North Andhra Pradesh & South Odisha coasts, train services between Khurda Road & Vizianagaram will not be allowed after 2200hrs & UP Trains from Howrah/Kharagpur side will not be allowed from Bhadrak after 1715hrs till further notice . Subsequently the incoming flights for the above routes are also cancelled and there would be no night parking today at Bhubaneswar Airport.
Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in vulnerable districts—Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara.
“We will seek the help of Air Force if needed. The leaves of all officials have been cancelled and those went on leaves have been asked to join duty immediately, Padhi said.
“The NDRF teams have started evacuating people in low-lying areas of Ganjam. The evacuation will begin in other districts soon,” he added.
Meanwhile, food supplies and consumer welfare minister Surya Narayan Patro appealed to the people in the vulnerable districts not to get panic as there is adequate stock of foods.
The cyclonic storm Titli has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm and will cross landmass at 5.30 am tomorrow. The wind speed will remain 165 kmph when it will cross the landmass of Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam tomorrow. Now the cyclonic storm is lying 320 km off Gopalpur coast and 270 km from Kalingapatnam.