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The officer said that Gajapati district, which was most affected, received more than 200 mm of rainfall while Mohana block in the district received the maximum rainfall of 315 mm.

Power supply and telephone links were disrupted and road communication snapped due to uprooted trees at many places of Gajapati district.

Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh, and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts of Odisha are the pointed out places under the danger radar.

Chief Secretary A P Padhi said the district administration of Ganjam has already started evacuating people in Gopalpur area, where very severe cyclone "Titli" is likely to make a landfall at about 5.30 am Thursday.

The severe cyclone damaged mud huts and uprooted trees and electric poles Thursday in eastern India where authorities have moved almost 300,000 people to higher ground.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday reviewed the cyclone situation. Standing crops in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts also reported damages on a massive scale.

Cyclone hit the coast along the Bay of Bengal with surface wind speeds of 140 to 150 kilometres per hour.

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Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

As part of its pre-cyclone preparedness, the Odisha government has evacuated over 3 lakh people living in low-lying areas of the five coastal districts ahead of the landfall. Thirteen teams, comprising 45 personnel each, of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed in the affected areas. "No other airline has cancelled its flights".

Titli, which means butterfly in Hindi, has been categorised as a very severe cyclonic storm.

The official also said there were no reports of deaths due to electric shocks in the area.

The IMD advised total suspension of fishing operations and shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places.

The CWC has said that the great danger signal no. 10 hoisted at Kalingapatnam could be replaced with local cautionary signal number three (LC-III) and the great danger signal no. 8 hoisted at Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram Ports could replaced with local cautionary signal number three (LC-III).

It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next two hours.


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