The cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ that turned into “a very severe cyclonic storm” before its landfall early on Thursday morning triggered intense rain and gales in parts of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh. Eight deaths were reported in Srikakulam as huts and houses collapsed and trees came crashing down. Coconut, banana and cashew cultivations in over 30,000 acres were badly damaged.
Trees and electric poles were uprooted, affecting traffic on the Visakhapatnam-Kolkata national highway. Thousands of people were evacuated to relief camps. The cyclone hit the Andhra coast at Santabommali in the early hours of Thursday. The highest rainfall of 42.6 cm was recorded at Booravilli village of Srikakulam district. The highest wind speed of 129.7 km was recorded at Korlam in the same district.
Road network was completely damaged in several areas. Around 100 houses collapsed in Bhamini, Jalumuru, Kothuru, Narasannapeta, Palakonda, Polaki and other areas. Power supply to 4319 villages was affected. Uddanam region in Srikakulam district, equally known for its coconuts and for its people suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease, was the worst affected.