Cyclone Titli: Target sets for zero casualty, students’ union polls cancelled

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Bhubaneswar: With the very severe cyclonic storm Titli approaching towards Odisha coast, the state government ordered closure of schools, colleges and other educational institutions in all districts for two days as a precautionary measure.

The state government has also cancelled the students’ union elections in colleges and universities across the state scheduled for today.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the officials to ensure zero casualty during the cyclone and to remain on high alert while chairing a high-level review meeting at the Secretariat today.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in vulnerable districts—Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara.

“We will seek the help of Air Force if needed. The leaves of all officials have been cancelled and those went on leaves have been asked to join duty immediately, Padhi said.

“The NDRF teams have started evacuating people in low-lying areas of Ganjam. The evacuation will begin in other districts soon,” he added.

Meanwhile, food supplies and consumer welfare minister Surya Narayan Patro appealed to the people in the vulnerable districts not to get panic as there is adequate stock of foods.

The cyclonic storm Titli has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm and will cross landmass at 5.30 am tomorrow. The wind speed will remain 165 kmph when it will cross the landmass of Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam tomorrow. Now the cyclonic storm is lying 320 km off Gopalpur coast and 270 km from Kalingapatnam.

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