In Andhra’s Srikakulam, cyclone Titli leaves trail of devastation

Sergio Conner
October 12, 2018

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said cyclone Titli, that originated in the Bay of Bengal, became a "very severe cyclonic storm" on Wednesday and was likely to make landfall, gusting at about 145-165 kmph in Odisha, on Thursday. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.

The officer said that Gajapati district, which was most affected, received more than 200 mm of rainfall while Mohana block in the district received the maximum rainfall of 315 mm.

IMD officials predicted that cyclone Titli may cause more damage to the coastal areas of Srikakulam district than to Vizag and Vizianagaram districts.

He also directed the departments concerned to take up fix of the damaged roads, restoration of power and drinking water supply and alternative arrangement of power to the water supply centres in the affected districts in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Sea conditions will remain rough to very rough along and off the West Bengal coast till Friday evening.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has classified it as a "very severe cyclone".

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There were reports from Orissa's districts of Ganjam and Gajapati of trees being uprooted along with electricity and communication poles affecting vehicular movement, power distribution and telephone network, Sethi said.

It is not known yet whether Titli had intensified to this strength last night. Officials have also shifted 123 pregnant women to hospitals.

As the landfall process started, at least five districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur are receiving good amount of rainfall coupled with high speed winds under the impact of Titli.

Strong gusts caused a storm surge with waters inundating low-lying areas in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and the winds, on par with a Category 2 hurricane, wreaked havoc on infrastructure, blocking roads and hampering emergency work.

Andhra Pradesh State Transport Corporation suspended its bus services as uprooted trees blocked roads at several places.

The chief secretary of the state, Aditya Prasad Padhi, announced the closure of all schools, colleges and anganwadis on October 11 and 12.

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