Eight dead as Cyclone Titli wreaks havoc in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh

BHUBANESWAR: At least eight persons were killed in the ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm, Titli, that caused extensive destruction in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

The heavy to heavy rain lashed out at the two districts from Wednesday night onwards, wreaking havoc throughout the area.

The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said that a 62-year-old woman died at Gudivada Agraharam village after a tree got uprooted and fell on her and a 55-year-old man died in a house that collapsed at Rotanasa village in Srikakulam district.

The Chief Minister’s office released a press release that the six fishermen who had gone out to sea were killed. Out of the 67 fishing boats that had ventured to the sea over the last few days from Kakinada, 65 of them had returned to the shore safely, the CMO statement said. Efforts to bring in the other two boats safely were still on, it said.

The road network in Srikakulam district suffered severe loss and the power distribution network was also affected. More than 2,000 electric poles were uprooted by strong winds.

The power distribution system in almost 4,319 villages and six towns are affected in the Srikakulam district, said the Eastern Power Distribution Company.

The telecommunication network has also been hit in this district.

Uprooted trees caused traffic on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway at places such as Tekkali.

Several trains were cancelled and some were terminated midway by the South Central Railway and by the East Coast Railway. Some express trains were also diverted to many other regions due to the storm.

SDMA pointed out that coconut plantations, banana and mango trees were the worst hit in the ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm, according to a preliminary report prepared by them. Horticulture crops suffered extreme damages in the Srikakulam district while paddy suffered damage in Vizianagaram.

According to PTI reports, Odisha had no loss of life when the cyclonic storm Titli made its landfall on Thursday morning. The cyclone caused to uproot trees and electric poles and led to the damages in huts in the state.

The eight districts of Odisha – Ganjam, Khurdha, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore – were hit by Titli that caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in many parts of the state.

With inputs from PTI

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