3 lakh people in vulnerable places evacuated to safety: CM Naveen


Bhubaneswar: With the very severe cyclonic storm Titli to cross Odisha coast on Thursday morning, 3 lakh people in the vulnerable areas have been evacuated to safer places, informed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here after reviewing cyclone preparedness meeting at the SRC office.

Reportedly, the Chief Minister met Special Relief Commissioner at his office and held discussions on tackling cyclone Titli.

After coming out of the meeting Patnaik said, “Nearly 3 lakh people have been evacuated and efforts are on to evacuate more people to safety.”

“The situation is being constantly monitored and all preventive measures is been taken by the state government to avoid any causality,” Patnaik added.

According to reports, the Chief Minister during the meeting asked the officials concerned to stay focused on ensuring zero casualties during the cyclone and to remain on high alert.

Among others, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and other senior officials of concerned departments were also present in the review meeting.

Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister held a high-level meeting where he had asked to officials to ensure zero casualties during the cyclone and to remain on high alert. This is the second meeting in the day held by Odisha CM in the day.

As per available information, cyclone Titli lays centred around 200 kms off Gopalpur coast. It will make landfall between Gopalpur & Kalingapatnam ata round 5.30 am tomorrow and the wind speed is expected to reach 165 kmph during the landfall.

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