Visakhapatnam/ Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Titli which made landfall in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on Thursday morning, claimed eight lives. Notably, six fishermen were among the dead. There was no loss of life reported in Odisha. Furthermore, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that heavy rains will continue on Friday. Also Read - Woman, Son Attempt Self-immolation Near Odisha Assembly in Third Such Incident Within a Week
Titli also triggered widespread rains in the two states, uprooted trees, electricity poles, communication towers, damaged houses, and crops and snapped electricity supply. Uprooted trees fell on the roads, disrupting vehicular traffic. Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh were affected by the cyclone, which hit the coast near Palasa close to the border with Odisha. Srikakulam district bore the brunt as the strong winds uprooted a large number of coconut trees. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: PM Modi Speaks to Tamil Nadu CM, Announces Ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakh From PMNRF
Notably, officials said five deaths were reported from Andhra’s Srikakulam district while three persons were killed in neighbouring Vijayanagaram district. Also Read - One of Conjoined Odisha Twins Separated Through India's 'First' Craniopagus Surgery Dies
In Odisha, Gajapati district was the most affected as received more than 200 mm of rainfall while Mohana block in the district received the maximum rainfall of 315 mm. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also reviewed the cyclone situation. Around three lakh people have been evacuated in the coastal state and 1,112 relief camps set up for the evacuees. As many as 105 pregnant women in Ganjam and 18 in Jgatsinghpur were shifted to hospitals.
All schools, colleges, and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday. Trees have been uprooted in large numbers in the coastal belt.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed relief at the gradual weakening of the cyclone as Durga puja is nearing. “It is a sort of relief that cyclone Titli has gradually become weak after hitting Andhra Pradesh. There was a looming danger due to this,” Banerjee said while inaugurating a Durga Puja marquee at Chakraberia in south Kolkata’s Bhawanipore.
In Andhra Pradesh, railway stations were damaged at several places. The station at Palasa suffered massive damage. Teams of railway officials were studying the impact of cyclone between Palasa and Brahmpur.
The state-owned road transport corporation suspended all bus services on the Andhra-Odisha border area. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reached Visakhapatnam on Thursday evening and left for Srikakulam by road to review the situation.
In Odisha, train, flight operations remained suspended or were re-routed as cyclone Titli became ‘very severe’ in the state.
The IMD said that heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places were very likely in Odisha in the next 24 hours.
“We believe that the entire state, except some western parts, is likely to receive rain throughout the day. Depending upon the rainfall, we may see some flood in coastal Odisha. However, there is no flood-like situation as of now,” said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi. “There may be flooding of the Vansadhara river as Gajapati and Rayagada districts received heavy rainfall due to the cyclone,” he added.
The coastal alert has been put at 10 — the highest with fishermen prohibited from venturing into the sea for the next few days.
PM Speaks With CMs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke with the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and assured them all possible help to deal with the aftermath of cyclone Titli. “Spoke to Shri @ncbn Ji and Shri @Naveen_Odisha Ji regarding the situation arising due to cyclone-related conditions in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Assured all possible help from the Centre,” the prime minister tweeted.