Cy­clone ‘Titli’ leaves 8 dead in Andhra

Causes wide­spread dam­age across Odisha

Millennium Post - - Front Page - AMARAVATI(AP)/BHUBANESWAR:

Cy­clone ‘Titli’ made land­fall on the east­ern coast of the coun­try early on Thurs­day claim­ing eight lives and wreck­ing havoc in Srikaku­lam and Viziana­garam dis­tricts of Andhra Pradesh, while caus­ing wide­spread dam­age in neigh­bour­ing Odisha.

While no loss of lives was re­ported in Odisha, the “very se­vere” cy­clonic storm left a trail of de­struc­tion in Ga­jap­ati and Gan­jam dis­tricts of the state, up­root­ing trees, elec­tric poles and dam­ag­ing hut­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD), Cy­clone Titli made its land­fall near Palasa in Srikaku­lam dis­trict, south-west of Gopalpur in Odisha with an es­ti­mated max­i­mum sus­tained sur­face wind speed of 140-150 kmph gust­ing to 165 kmph be­tween 4.30 am and 5.30 am.

The Andhra Pradesh State Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity (SDMA) said the cy­clone caused wide­spread dam­age in Srikaku­lam and Viziana­garam and threw nor­mal life out of gear as heavy to very heavy rains lashed the two north coastal dis­tricts since late Wed­nes­day night.

While a 62-year-old woman died at Gu­di­vada Agra­haram vil­lage af­ter a tree fell on her, a 55-year-old man died in a house col­lapse at Rotanasa vil­lage in Srikaku­lam dis­trict, the SDMA said.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (CMO) said the six oth­ers killed were fish­er­men who had ven­tured into the sea.

The road net­work in Srikaku­lam dis­trict suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age, while the power dis­tri­bu­tion net­work was also se­verely af­fected. Strong winds up­rooted more than 2,000 elec­tric poles.

In Odisha, Cy­clone Titli led to very heavy rain­fall in Gan­jam, Ga­jap­ati and Puri dis­tricts and caused mi­nor dam­age to power sup­ply and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

In all, eight dis­tricts - Gan­jam, Ga­jap­ati, Khurda, Puri, Ja­gats­ingh­pur, Ken­dra­para, Bhadrak and Bala­sore - have been af­fected by the cy­clonic storm, Spe­cial Re­lief Com­mis­sioner B P Sethi said.

“There has been no ma­jor de­struc­tion or re­port of a ca­su­alty from any part of the state so far. Some dam­ages like up­root­ing of trees and elec­tric poles and dam­age to hut­ments were re­ported from Gan­jam and Ga­jap­ati dis­tricts,” he said.

Power sup­ply and tele­phone links got dis­rupted, and road com­mu­ni­ca­tion snapped due to up­rooted trees at many places in Ga­jap­ati dis­trict, Sethi said, adding ef­forts are now on to clear the blocked roads and to re­store power sup­ply in af­fected ar­eas.

Odisha Chief Min­is­ter Naveen Pat­naik re­viewed the sit­u­a­tion in the state and in­structed of­fi­cials to ex­pe­dite restora­tion ef­forts once the sit­u­a­tion im­proves. He also di­rected the of­fi­cials con­cerned to pro­vide re­lief ma­te­ri­als to cy­clone-af­fected peo­ple.


Fish­er­men en­gaged in their work as Cy­clone Titli hits the coast start­ing with sur­face wind ef­fect reach­ing speeds of 126 kmph at Gopalpur, in Gan­jam, Thurs­day

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