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Updated On 11-10-2018 17:28:50 ISTUpdated On 11-10-20182018-10-11T00:00:00.000Z11-10-2018 2018-10-11T00:00:00.000Z - 2018-10-11T11:58:50.189Z - 11-10-2018
In the view of cyclone ‘Titli’ crossing AP, Odisha and West Bengal, Centre has sounded alarm and put Army, Navy and Coast Guard on standby. 21 teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also been deployed to assist the authorities in case of emergency.
Speaking at a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), Union Cabinet Secretary, P.K Sinha informed that the cyclone is expected to hit AP and Odisha on 11th October between 6 AM to 9 AM. He added that all the directives have been issued to counter the crisis.
“In addition, the three states have also deployed their own rescue teams along with power boats while Army, Navy and Coast Guard have also been put on standby so that they can be deployed at a short notice," he added.
Concerned officers from the states of AP, Odisha and West Bengal attended the meeting where they informed the NCMC about their evacuation plans, stocking of essentials such as food, water and milk. They also informed that the directives have been passed to the school and college authorities to keep their institutions shut due to the impending cyclone.
“The wind speed at the time of landfall is predicted in the range of 145-165 km per hour. After the landfall, the cyclonic storm is expected to re-curve north-eastwards and move long Odisha coast towards Gangetic West Bengal and will cause heavy to very heavy rainfall," a senior official from the committee informed.
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