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Cyclone Titli moves to coast; Odisha targets 'zero casualty'

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

With cyclonic 'Titli'

moving towards Odisha-coast, the Odisha government Tuesday geared up to face the situation setting a target of "zero casualty".

The state has put the districts on high alert and asked the authorities to evacuate those living in low-lying areas and in 'kutchha' houses along the coast.

"Zero casualty is part of the state government's disaster management policy. Stocking of and shifting of people to cyclone shelters are also included in the policy," A P told

During previous cyclones such as Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014, the government had ensured zero casualty and earned laurels from the for successful disaster management.

reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting attended by all secretaries, (SRC) and officers of the (NDRF).

He said the has forecast wind speed to be 100 to 110 kmph with gusting to 125 kmph. The has also mentioned that the cyclone will further intensify into a severe cyclonic Wednesday.

The said the cyclone was likely to make landfall early on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert in Odisha for Wednesday and Thursday, forecasting "heavy to very heavy rainfall" at several places and "extremely heavy rainfall" at isolated areas in the state.

The cyclone over west-central moved west-north westwards at a speed of 10 kmph during the past six hours and intensified into the cyclonic Titli, it said.

lays centred at about 510 km southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 460 km east-southeast of Kalingapatnam in

The government has ordered closure of schools, colleges and anganwadi centres in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagtsinghpur from Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Deputy

P K Mohapatra said around 300 motor boats have been arranged to assist in the rescue operation.

He said teams of NDRF and Disaster (ODRAF) along with personnel have been sent to various districts.

All the 879 cyclone and flood shelters have been kept in a state of preparedness, the added.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 22:20 IST