Storm crosses Odisha coast, death toll rises to 8

12 October, 2018, 05:49 | Author: Wade Massey
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"It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around the morning of 11th October".

Officials in Odisha evacuated over 300,000 people, suspended operations at the port of Paradip and cancelled many trains and flights on Wednesday. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.

Casualties were low as administrations in both states had evacuated thousands of people from the low-lying coastal areas bordering the Bay of Bengal.

BHUBANESWAR, India: A cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard on Thursday, killing at least five people, destroying huts, uprooting trees, snapping telephone poles and power lines and leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity.

By afternoon, the storm which was travelling north-west, had weakened into a "severe" storm, said Mrutyunjay Mahapatra, Head of Tropical Cyclones Division of the Indian Metereological Department.

Warnings have been issued to fishermen to not venture out into the sea and citizens have been told to stock adequate food, essential items and fuel supplies.

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13 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, along with the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed at several places along with fire brigade. After chairing a meeting of state officials, Padhi said that Ganjam has seen the most damage and an exact assessment can be made only after strong winds subside.

Tourists at seaside resort towns of Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmani and other places along the coast in the state have been advised "not to undergo any seawater-bound activities during this period", the MeT department said.

Eight districts in Odisha - Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore - were affected by the cyclone.

Wind speeds of 80-100 kmph continued to pummel Gajapati district.

Patnaik has also ordered closure of all schools, colleges and anganwadi centres on Thursday and Friday in view of the IMD's forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall across the state. After landfall, it may recurve and move towards West Bengal and northeast states.

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