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Cyclone Titli: Eastern India battered by deadly storm

October 11, 2018 4:10 pm

A powerful cyclone has swept into eastern India, leaving at least eight people dead and destroying hundreds of homes.

Cyclone Titli tore into coastal areas of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states with winds of up to 150km/h (93mph).

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying districts in Orissa.

Authorities say roads are blocked and power supplies have been lost in many areas.

“We fear that 6,000 to 7,000 electricity poles may have been uprooted,” K Dhananjaya Reddy, the district administrative chief of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, told Reuters news agency.

“Around 400,000 to 500,000 people are now without electricity.”