New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Titli which was building over the Bay of Bengal has now intensified and is moving towards the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast which might trigger rainfall in several parts of Odisha, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also held a high-level meeting over Titli cyclone in Bhubaneswar today. Also Read - Woman, Son Attempt Self-immolation Near Odisha Assembly in Third Such Incident Within a Week

Titli is likely to make a landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh at 5:30 am Thursday morning at a wind speed of 145 kmph. The IMD said, “Titli moved with a speed of about 10 kmph and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred over the west-central Bay of Bengal, about 370 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: PM Modi Speaks to Tamil Nadu CM, Announces Ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakh From PMNRF

Earlier, the IMD had issued a red alert on Tuesday for the coastal areas of Odisha following the building up of the cyclonic storm, Titli in the Bay of Bengal which had the government shut down schools, colleges and anganwadis in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri and Jagatsinghpur district.

The weatherman has also advised fishermen not to venture into parts of the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea during the next three to five days. As many as 300 motor boats have been arranged for rescue operation over a possible flood situation on October 10 and 11.

The IMD in its statement read, “Deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclonic storm Titli, is moving towards Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast.”  Meanwhile, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts and the IMD has sounded ‘red’ warning at these places from Wednesday, while ‘orange’ alert has been issued for Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak and Balasore.

Necessary arrangements are being made to shift people living in low-lying areas as there is a possibility of heavy rainfall from 8.30 AM from October 10 to October 11.

The Odisha government has geared up to face the situation setting a target of “zero casualties”. The state government has already put the districts on high alert and asked the authorities to evacuate those living in low-lying areas and in ‘kutchha’ houses along the coast.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi said, “Zero casualty is part of the state government’s disaster management policy. Stocking of food and shifting of people to cyclone shelters are also included in the policy.”