Cyclone batters eastern India, 300,000 evacuated

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

Cyclone Titli kills five in eastern India, leaves thousands without power

"Several trees and electrical poles fell down late on Thursday morning when the cyclone hit".

He also directed the departments concerned to take up fix of the damaged roads, restoration of power and drinking water supply and alternative arrangement of power to the water supply centres in the affected districts in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Six of the victims were fishermen, who had put out to sea, an official at the Andhra Pradesh disaster management control room said.

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

Cyclones often form over the Bay of Bengal from April to November. Officials have also shifted 123 pregnant women to hospitals.

"For relief and rescue operations, the NDRF teams have been deployed in Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts while the ODRAF teams have been deployed in Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kalahandi districts".

Fire services teams were asked to be on alert to respond at short notice of the district administration.

The eight reported deaths were all in Andhra Pradesh.

Rough waves hit the Visakhapatnam coastline under the influence of Cyclone Titli on Wednesday.

North-east districts of Jharkhand have been affected due to Cyclone Titli.

Tourists at seaside resort towns of Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmani and other places along the coast in the state have been advised "not to undergo any seawater-bound activities during this period", the MeT department said. "We believe that the entire state, except some western parts, is likely to receive rain throughout the day". Depending upon the rainfall, we may see some flood in coastal Odisha.

The cyclone also triggered heavy rainfall in at least three districts and caused minor damage to power and communication.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that a heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places, and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places, is very likely in Odisha in the next 24 hours.

Seawater entered houses in Uppada in East Godavari district as the maximum of the height of the tides was of 10ft along the coast close to the point of landfall.

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