Cyclone Titli, which made landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha early Thursday morning, weakened into a deep depression and moved towards northeast on Friday, reported PTI. The storm is now likely to further lose its strength and enter the Gangetic West Bengal. Skymet Weather has predicted heavy rainfall in various districts of West Bengal, Bangladesh, and also parts of northeastern India including Tripura and Mizoram.
Heavy rainfall is expected in Digha, Kolkata, Contai, Purulia and both the North and South 24 Parganas in West Bengal in the next 24 hours. It is likely to intensify by Friday night and continue until Saturday morning. Fishermen have also been issued alerts and advised not to sail into the sea along and off the coasts West Bengal and Odisha, deep sea areas of North and Central Bay of Bengal till Saturday, reported PTI.
On Thursday morning Cyclone Titli made landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha with surface wind speeds of 126 kmph, reported news agency PTI. Late Thursday night, PTI reported the death of an eight-year-old boy by drowning in a canal in Ganjam district. As many as 15 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed along with the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) at several places across the state. Read in Bangla.
Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi told reporters the government is monitoring rainfall in various parts of the state and is alert to any potential flood situation. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has constituted a three-member ministerial committee to visit the three worst-affected districts to monitor rescue and relief operation.