Over 300,000 evacuated as Cyclone Titli bat­ters In­dia

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A cyclone pack­ing winds of up to 150 kilo­me­ters per hour and heavy rains hit eastern In­dia early Thurs­day, with over 300,000 peo­ple evacuated from low-ly­ing ar­eas and two men re­ported killed.

Of­fi­cials in neigh­bor­ing Bangladesh said they were on alert in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, home to around one mil­lion Ro­hingya refugees from Myan­mar liv­ing in tar­pau­lin and bam­boo shel­ters.

Cyclone Titli, which in­ten­si­fied into a “very se­vere cy­clonic storm” over the Bay of Ben­gal, made land­fall on In­dia’s eastern coast early Thurs­day, the Press Trust of In­dia (PTI) news agency re­ported.

Wind speeds of up to 150 kilo­me­ters per hour were re­ported, with gusts of up to 165 kph.

One man died in a house col­lapse while an­other was killed by a fall­ing tree, an emergency ser­vices of­fi­cial was quoted as say­ing by PTI.

The Odisha state gov­ern­ment evacuated more than 300,000 peo­ple from five coastal dis­tricts on Wed­nes­day while lo­cal schools, col­leges and child­care cen­ters were or­dered closed and fish­er­men ad­vised not to go out to sea.

“We have al­ready evacuated three lakh (300,000) peo­ple and more may be shifted to safer places in view of the very se­vere cyclone,” PTI quoted Chief Min­is­ter Naveen Pat­naik as say­ing.

They were ac­com­mo­dated in more than 1,100 cyclone shel­ters. Of­fi­cials have also shifted 123 preg­nant women to hos­pi­tals.

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