8 Killed In Andhra Pradesh From Cyclone Titli, Odisha Faces Possible Flooding

| October 12 , 2018 , 09:27 IST

At least 8 people have been killed in Andhra Pradesh after Cyclone Titli made landfall in the state on Thursday. Due to the impending cyclone, more than 3 lakh people were evacuated from Odisha, and no deaths were reported, but there was widespread damage and a flooding situation may be impending.

In Andhra Pradesh, 5 deaths were reported from the Srikakulam district while 3 deaths were reported from the neighbouring Vijayanagaram district. A total of 6 fishermen were among the deceased.

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A red alert remains in place for parts of Odisha, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall, with the risk of flooding. Due to the cyclone, more than 100 electric poles and a large number of trees were uprooted in the Ganjam and Gajapati districts of Odisha. The most affected districts by the Cyclone Titli in Odisha are Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore.

The evacuations took place from vulnerable areas of Odisha, including Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Khordha districts.

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A total of 13 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force, as well as personnel from the fire brigade, are still deployed across various areas of Odisha due to the risk of a flood situation.

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, "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."

The Cyclone Titli gradually weakened in intensity after it made landfall early morning on Thursday, and continued to weaken with the IMD predicting that it will become a deep depression. It is currently moving towards its predicted course towards West Bengal, with rainfall predicted for parts of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the Northeast.