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Cyclone Titli enters Bengal; four dead in Odisha, WB

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata/Bhubaneswar 

Cyclone weakened into a deep depression and entered Friday, triggering incessant rainfall even as it claimed four lives - three in and one in Bengal.

The cyclone and the accompanying heavy rain have wrought damage in Bengal's and districts adjoining It left one person dead in district and uprooted trees along state highway number 5, holding up traffic, authorities in the two districts said.

and are witnessing incessant rain since Thursday night.

The MeT department warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gangetic till Saturday, ahead of Durga Puja festivities. It said the cyclone has weakened into a deep depression and is moving northeast.

Paschim Medinipur district P said a 35-year-old was killed when a 12-foot factory wall collapsed on him at Kharagpur following heavy rains on Friday. Ten others were injured in various rain-related incidents.

In neighbouring district, the storm caused mud houses and Durga Puja pandals to collapse in Rohinibazar, Sankrail and Jhargram block areas.

The weatherman said the deep depression is likely to cause heavy to very heavy rain in 24 Parganas, Purba and Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram, Purba Bardhaman, Howrah and Hooghly districts.

Heavy rain is likely in Kolkata, Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum, Murshidabad, Malda, Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur districts till Saturday, the Met department said.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off the coasts of and Odisha, deep sea areas of North and Central till Saturday.

Tourists at Digha and other adjacent sea-side resorts have been advised not to get into any sea-bound activities till Saturday as squall with speed of 45 to 55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph will prevail along and off the coasts of West Bengal and

In Odisha, the toll in the natural calamity rose to three after two bodies were recovered in district, near where it made its landfall, as the deployed NDRF and ODRAF personnel to speed up rescue and relief operations.

One of the two bodies was that of a 40-year-old from Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, police said.

The other body is that of a 45-year-old man of Bhuta Pankal village under Sorada block in district.

On Thursday, the body of an eight-year old boy, who had slipped into a canal at Saradhapur village under station, was found by locals, police said.

In Andhra Pradesh, eight lives were snuffed out by the storm on Thursday.

The is, however, yet to confirm the deaths.

"We have seen of the deaths of two or three persons in districts. We are verifying it," A P told scribes on the human casualty due to Cyclone

The state deployed NDRF and ODRAF personnel Friday to speed up rescue and relief operation mainly in the southern districts of Ganjam, and Rayagada where more than 60 lakh people were affected by flood due to heavy rainfall triggered by the cyclone.

The flood situation in three districts, which received the highest rainfall for three days under the impact of Cyclone Titli, is grim as the water levels in major rivers like Rushikulya and Bansadhara have crossed their danger marks, official sources said.

(SRC) B P Sethi said people in district were also affected by the flood.

The decision to step up relief and rescue operation was taken at a high-level meeting where took stock of the situation.

In a video conference with the district collectors of Ganjam, and Rayagada, Patnaik gave instructions for intensifying rescue and relief operation on a war footing as people faced the twin calamities of cyclone and floods.

Patnaik stressed on quick repair of breaches in several river embankments and directed district collectors to provide cooked to people evacuated from their homes.

He constituted a three-member ministerial committee to visit the three worst-affected districts to monitor rescue and relief operation.

Two helicopters were requisitioned from the mainly for rescue and air dropping of relief materials in district as its villages are cut off due to the submergence of roads with rain and flood waters, said.

Low-lying areas in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and the pilgrim town of were also waterlogged due to rains.

The swollen Mahendratanaya river submerged vast stretches of district cutting off road communication between and Paralakhemundi in Odisha's Gajapati district, official sources said.

were affected by the cyclone and floods and at least 16 trains were cancelled and several others rescheduled by East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Friday due to submergence of railway tracks, an said.

meteorological centre, H R Biswas said heavy to very heavy rainfall will continue to pound parts of the state, including Balasore, Bhadrak and Dhenkanal districts, till Saturday.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 22:00 IST