Titli Cyclone: 8 killed, 2 missing; crop damage in 1.40 lakh hectares
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Titli Cyclone: 8 killed, 2 missing; crop damage in 1.40 lakh hectares

Vijayawada, Oct 13: As many as eight persons were killed, one injured, two fishermen are missing and crop in 1.40 lakh hectares got damaged in the Titli Cyclone in Srikakulam and Vizainagaram districts in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh Disaster Management department in a statement here on Saturday said that so far 8 persons have been killed, one injured and two fishermen were missing, in the two districts.

Most of the deaths took place due to house and wall collapses, the statement said. As per preliminary assessment, crop in 1,54,212 hectares was damaged in the two districts of which paddy in 1.36 lakh hectares, cashew in 1640 hectares, coconut in 12,000 hectares, papaya in 712 hectares and maize in 1150 hectares.

Over 500 chickens were perished in the cyclone while 87 livestock died. As many as 1767 minor irrigation projects were damaged.

The Disaster Management Department officials said that 15 rehabilitation centres are being run in Srikaulam district for the displaced people. The NDRF teams are removing uprooted trees to clear traffic. So far trees and poles were removed on 55 roads.

As many as 148 special teams are working in Srikakulam district to restore power supply. Works are being carried out in the cyclone storm ravaged districts on war footing to restore normalcy, officials said.

Officials informed that 9.06 lakh people were affected by the cyclone in 18 mandals. As many as 202 villages suffered substantial damage due to heavy winds and rain. Meligaputti, Srinivasupur, Gopalapuram, Mudundapuram, Puchapadu and M Gudivada villages in Mandasa Mandal were badly damaged as the Mahendratanaya River inundated the villages. The villagers were shifted to camps.

As per preliminary estimation, 386 massive trees were uprooted and 8,962 houses damaged in the two districts. 72 KMs of Panchayat Raj roads were also damaged in the cyclone. Power distribution to 358 villages disrupted due to uprooting of poles and snapping of wires, officials said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is personally monitoring the rescue and relief measures being carried out by various departments to restore normalcy. UNI