BHUBANESWAR: According to latest updates from the Meteorological department, Gangetic West Bengal is likely to get heavy rainfall till Saturday as the cyclonic storm ‘Titli’, which has weakened into a deep depression, moved towards the northeast.
A day after Cyclone Titli bashed Odisha and left behind a trail of destruction, the state is trying to rebuild power supply and road links and concerns over a possible flood situation.
“The cyclone has "weakened into a deep depression", triggering incessant rainfall in the state”, said B.P Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).
“We have been moving people to safe area at Chikiti, Dharakote, Patrapur and Sanakhemundi blocks of Ganjam district as river Rushikulya is in spate.," he added.
Meanwhile, Odisha government had earlier on Thursday claimed to have achieved the “Mission Zero Casualty”, a target set by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, even as heavy rainfall lashed at least five districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur.
A severe cyclonic storm packing winds of up to 150 kmph and widespread rains had hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Thursday. Approximately 3 lakh people were departed from five coastal districts, a day before the cyclone made landfall.
Over 1,000 people were also shifted to relief camps in Gunupur area due to rise in water level in river Vansadhara.
As many as 15 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed along with the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) at several places across the state.
Fishermen have been advised against venturing into the sea in view of adverse weather conditions, he added.