New Delhi: At least eight people died in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh (AP) as severe Cyclone Titli hit the southern Odisha coast, triggering heavy rainfall in the coastal districts.
Two people died in a tree and house collapse, while the six others killed were fishermen who had ventured into the sea, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said, according to an ANI report.
However, no human loss was reported in Odisha, according to the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC).
“No loss of human life has been reported in the state so far. However, there has been damage to kuccha houses along the coast. Villages in Gopalpur, Gajapati, and Ganjam were the most-affected and power supply was cut off. The evacuation operation was carried out soon after the warning was issued days earlier," said Vishnu Pad Sethi, special relief commissioner, Odisha.
The Coast Guard rescued 27 fishermen from three boats that were stranded near Gopalpur port, said an official from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
As many as 300,000 people living in low-lying areas along the coast were evacuated ahead of the landfall and accommodated in relief camps.
The cyclone crossed north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast and made landfall near Palasa town in Srikakulam district to the south-west of Gopalpur around 5.30am on Thursday. Trees were uprooted, road connectivity disrupted and electric poles and hutments damaged, as winds gushing up to 140 kmph ravaged the coastal districts.
The cyclone is very likely to recurve north-eastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal and weaken into a deep depression by 12 October morning and depression by noon, according to the India Meteorological Department.
Sea conditions would remain rough to very rough along and off West Bengal Coast till Friday evening. “People in relief camps would be shifted as the situation improves. Power is being gradually restored in the coastal districts. However, it would take time to restore power in Gajapati, which is among the worst-affected areas," said Sethi.
Low-lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh, and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts of Odisha were the most-affected.