Titli effect: sea mouth widens at Odisha’s Chilika lagoon

Puri: The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ which made a landfall near Palasa in the state last night has widened the mouth near Arakhakuda at the Chilika lake here triggering a panic among the locals.

The high tidal waves caused by the cyclone breached the lake embankment last night due to which water gushed into Arakhakuda village, an area prone to such natural phenomenon.

Harchadi Sahi, Bhagabata Sahi, Laxmi Narayan Sahi and Sibabanta Sahi of the village have completely been inundated due to the water ingress, says reports.

In a similar incident, cyclonic storm ‘Daye’ had also opened up a natural mouth last month, which has pleasantly surprised the conservationists. The mouth was located about 2.5 km from the existing one at Arakhakuda and was about 180 meter long and about 3-4 meter deep.

Notably, even after the 1999 Super Cyclone, no new natural mouth had been created in the lagoon.

However, Susanta Nanda, CEO, Chilika Development Aauthority has claimed that there is no need of panic due to the new mouth.

“Chilika had one active mouth opposite to Nua Patna. A new mouth had opened near Arakhakuda few weeks back. This new mouth has only widened due to High energy waves generated by Titli . No need to panic as the gushing sea water will dissipate with weakening of Titli,” Nanda assured.

Also Read: 8 districts affected due to Cyclonic Titli


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