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Bhubaneswar: As severe cyclonic storm Titli inches closer to Odisha-Andhra coast threatening of severe damage, the state government today cancelled the students' union elections scheduled to be held across Odisha tomorrow.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi informed that students' union elections in colleges which were scheduled to be held in the state tomorrow have been cancelled in view of heavy rain and storm during the tropical cyclone Titli.

The met department has predicted that the state could record around 200 mm of rain tomorrow so as a precautionary measure, educational institutions will remain closed on October 11 and 12.

Also Read: Live Update: Cyclone ‘Titli’ to turn into very severe cyclonic storm in 18 hours

Padhi further stated that the government is coordinating with the Indian Army and if it is necessary then they will be called in. Residents of low lying areas of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara districts will be evacuated.

Due to heavy rainfall, there is likelihood of flooding in coastal rivers, Rushikulya and Vansadhara River system, Padhi said after a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Also Read: Bhubaneswar airport braces up for cyclone Titli

Meanwhile, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Surya Patro assured that public should not worry over alleged shortage of food items in markets as there enough quantities in stock.

Cyclone Titli which has been upgraded to a severe cyclonic storm category by the Indian Meteorological Department is likely to make landfall between Gopalpur beach in Odisha and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh by 5.30 am tomorrow morning.

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