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Cyclone kills five in eastern India

Published: OCtober 11, 2018

STORY: A cyclone slammed into India’s eastern seaboard on Thursday (October 11), killing at least five people, destroying huts, uprooting trees, snapping telephone poles and power lines and leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, local media reported.

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.

During next twelve hours Tropical cyclone “Titli” is likely to decrease its intensity and move towards northeastern direction into Odisha and West Bengal region, said the Scientist at an southern Telangana, India Meteorological Department.

Water tanks were seen rolling on the roads as the people remained in their homes and other shelters.

The cyclone also affected the railway services in eastern Odisha state, where the commuters and travellers were stranded on the platforms for several hours.

The Bay of Bengal often witnesses cyclones at this time of year, with some causing widespread death and destruction. Odisha was hit last month by a low-intensity storm.

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