Bhubaneswar: In wake of cyclone Titli which is likely to hit North Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coasts, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Wednesday cancelled various trains services. Also Read - Yogi Adityanath Pitches For Renaming Hyderabad As Bhagyanagar Ahead of GHMC Elections

Down trains from Hyderabad/Visakhapatnam side will not be allowed from Duvvada after 6:40. Further, no movement of passenger trains will take place between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram section after 10:00, till further notice is given. Also Read - Woman, Son Attempt Self-immolation Near Odisha Assembly in Third Such Incident Within a Week

Also, train services between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram will not be allowed after 10:00, and trains plying on UP route from Howrah/Kharagpur side will not be allowed from Bhadrak after 5:15. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: PM Modi Speaks to Tamil Nadu CM, Announces Ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakh From PMNRF

Notably, cyclonic storm Titli which was building over the Bay of Bengal has now upgraded to ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ 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.

Meanwhile, collectors of five districts have been directed to start evacuation of people living in low lying areas, ANI reported.

Titli is likely to make a landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh at 5:30 AM Thursday 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.”