Strong gusts caused a storm surge with waters inundating low-lying areas in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and the winds, on par with a Category 2 hurricane, wreaked havoc on infrastructure, blocking roads and hampering emergency work. Tropical cyclone "Titli," with gusts of up to 165 kph (100 mph), made landfall in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said. "We fear that 6,000 to 7,000 electricity poles may have been uprooted," K. Dhananjaya Reddy, district administrative chief of Srikakulam, told Reuters. A woman stands next to a damaged communication tower after cyclone Titli hit in Srikakulam district in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India, October 11, 2018. "There has been preparation at all levels within the state," Sethi told Reuters, adding that it had used social media to keep people informed.
Source: bd News24 October 11, 2018 16:52 UTC