A very severe cyclone with winds having speed upto 150 Kmph on Thursday morning swept through the Eastern Coast of the country affecting people in Andra Pradesh and Odisha. The Cyclone Titli has also impacted the Tibetan settlement in the state of Odhisha damaging houses, roads and power grids as well as an extensive cover of farms.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Titli made its landfall near Palasa in Srikakulam district, south west of Gopalpur in Odisha with an estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph between 4.30 am and 5.30 am.
The Cyclone left eight people dead, besides causing widespread damage in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh Thursday, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said. Eight people were killed in different storm-related incidents such as house and tree collapses in Srikakulam district, the SDMA said.
The local Tibetans dwelling in the Tibetan settlement in the Chandragiri district of Odisha were also affected by the disaster. Although there are loss of lives from the Tibetan settlement has been reported, the Tibetan refugees has suffered from severe damage to their houses, road and sadly also to their extensive maize farms which were ready for harvest. The Tibetan refugee settlement in the state is now completely cut off with the roads completely blocked and the power down.