BHUBANESWAR: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for Odisha as a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ and is moving toward the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast.
The Odisha government deployed rescue personnel and relief material.
“Titli is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It is likely to move northwestwards from tonight and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday,” said the director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar.
According to the IMD bulletin, the wind speeds would reach 100 kmph along south Odisha coast, it would remain within 75 kmph in the north. Titli is centred at about 530 km southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 480 km east-southeast of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has issued an alert to all coastal districts and collectors have been asked to make necessary arrangements to shift people living in low-lying areas.
“We will take a call on whether to ask educational institutions in other districts to remain shut,” said Aditya Prasad Padhi, the state’s chief secretary.
The Odisha government has announced the closure of schools colleges and Anganwadi centres in Puri, Ganjam, Gajapati and Jagatsinghpur from Wednesday.