Cyclone weakens; nine dead in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha

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Around three lakh people have been evacuated so far in the coastal state and 1,112 relief camps set up for the evacuees.

The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) informed that six fishermen, who had put out to sea, were killed.

The Titli Cyclone is inches away to hit the coastline of Andhra Pradesh.

Fishermen were advised not to go out to sea as Cyclomne Titli approached.

Around 300 boats have been arranged ahead of the storm for assistance in the rescue operation and all 879 cyclone and flood shelters have been kept on standby. Officials have also shifted 123 pregnant women to hospitals.

While several areas in coastal Odisha were lashed by rain on Wednesday, the IMD has forecast "heavy to very heavy rainfall" at several places and "extremely heavy rainfall" at isolated areas till Thursday under the impact of the very severe cyclonic storm.

Education officials in Orissa said schools and colleges across the state would be closed for the rest of the week.

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On Congress president Rahul Gandhi's direction, the Odisha unit of the party opened a 24-hour emergency cell, which will function from the evening of 10 October to 16 October.

Meanwhile, reports of damages have started to come up from Gajapati and Rayagada districts of south Odisha. Meanwhile, Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express was cancelled for today. Srikakulam district bore the brunt of the storm as strong winds uprooted a large number of coconut trees.

Communications to Srikakulam and within the district were disrupted and bus services were stopped due to the cyclone.

"We believe that the entire state, except some western parts, is likely to receive rain throughout the day". This meeting was attended by State chief secretary, development commissioner, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), heads of various departments and director of the meteorology department.

In Ganjam, reports of damage to hutments and other structures and uprooting of trees were received from some areas, he said.

Loading and unloading of goods from ships remain suspended at the outer anchorage of the Chittagong seaport since Wednesday morning when the storm intensified to a "severe cyclonic storm" over West-Central Bay and the adjoining areas.

- Total destruction of thatched houses/ extensive damage to kutcha houses.

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