Amravati: The very severe cyclonic storm Titli, which spared Odisha causing zero casualties, has claimed two lives in Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday following its landfall near Palasa early this morning.
As the eye of the storm passed through Palasa the maximum wind speed recorded was 126 km per hour.
The cyclone has already caused widespread damage in the state by uprooting scores of trees and electric poles as heavy rains followed by gusty wind lashed Srikakulam district under the influence of the storm, the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said.
Vehicular movements have been disrupted as the State Road Transport Corporation suspended its bus services following the roadblocks at several places caused by uprooted trees.
Rainfall ranging from 2 centimetre to 26 centimetre has been recorded at several mandals (tehsil) of Srikakulam district which has further affected road communication network.
Transport Minister K Atchannaidu, who hails from Srikakulam, visited the affected mandals and is constantly monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu conducted a teleconference with district authorities and instructed them to remain on high alert.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) teams have been deployed in Srikakulam and neighbouring Vizianagaram districts to conduct rescue and relief operations.