Berhampur, April 30 (Localwire): Coastal Odisha is yet to recover from last year’s devastating cyclone Titli but there’s another one heading towards its shore. According to the MeT department, cyclone Fani is barreling towards the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast, and may make landfall anytime soon.
Cyclone Titli had ripped off houses and bridges in coastal Gajapati district in October last year, as it battered the Odisha-Andhra coast for several hours before it vanished into the ocean.
Nearly 100 people were killed, as Titli pounded Odisha after making landfall in neighbouring Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
“We are yet to recover the loss caused by Titli.
We pray God to save us from Fani,” said a villager from Gangabada, where 22 people were killed in a landslide caused by Titli.
“The broken infrastructure here is yet to be repaired, and people still live on hill-tops due to fear of storms.
Fani will be a lethal blow to us,” said former Baraghara sarpanch Haribandhu Karjee.
Panic gripped the coastal villages in Odisha after met officials warned cyclone Fani may hit the state. “It will be another blow if the cyclone hits Gajapati,” said Narendra Pradhan of Garabandh.
However, Gajapati district collector Anupam Saha said that there’s no need to panic. The storm’s path is yet to be ascertained; and the district administration is prepared to face any emergency situation.
“We have identified the vulnerable areas and all agencies will coordinate the rescue work in case of any eventuality,” the collector said, adding, “If necessary, people will be evacuated to nearby schools.”