Cyclone Titli claims eight lives in Andhra, no casualty in Odisha

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2018 08:53:39



A VERY severe cyclonic storm packing winds of up to 150 kmph and widespread rains hit eastern India on Thursday killing eight people in Andhra Pradesh and damaging homes, uprooting trees and power lines in the State and in Odisha.

Cyclone Titli made landfall on the eastern coast early on Thursday wreaking havoc mainly in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha’s Gajapati and Ganjam districts. Traffic on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway was hit after the uprooted trees blocked some sections of the road, according to officials.

The South Central Railway as well as the East Coast Railway cancelled several trains while some were terminated midway, officials said, adding a few express trains were also diverted.

Train services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh also remained suspended since Wednesday.

While no loss of lives was reported in Odisha, the “very severe” cyclonic storm left a trail of destruction uprooting trees, electric poles and damaging hutments in the affected districts. The cyclonic storm system is now moving northeastwards towards West Bengal across Odisha and will weaken gradually, the IMD said.

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 km per hour gusting to 165 km per hour between 4.30 am and 5.30 am.