The cyclonic storm Titli crossed Indian cost of Odisha Thursday morning and caused rainfall in costal districts of Bangladesh, including Chottagram and Cox’s Bazar.
New Age correspondent in the port city of Chattogram reported that Shulakbahar, Bahaddarhat, Pahartali, Kalamia Bazar, Kalurghat, Sholashahar, Agrabad, Prabartak Circle, Chawkbazar, Muradpur, Chandgaon and Bakalia went under water because of incessant rain.
The commuters, including office-goers, students and factory workers, suffered immensely because of the incessant downpour.
Many residential houses and business firms in the low-lying areas were inundated with water, leaving people marooned.
Patenga Met Office recorded 26.4 millimetre rainfall in the port city in 24 hours ending on 9:00am Thursday.
Local administration opened 475 cyclone shelters in Chattogram district. Local administration and Chattogram civil surgeon’s office launched a 24-hour monitoring cell.
Relief and refugee repatriation commissioner of the relief in Cox’s Bazar Mohammad Abul Kalam and disaster management ministry told AFP that cyclone had brought rain to Cox’s Bazar over the past three days.
‘We’re on alert. We’ve taken adequate cautionary measures for the cyclone,’ Mohammad Abul Kalam said.
Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya at a briefing said that 65,000 trained volunteers were kept ready to face any untoward situation in the coastal districts.
The Met Office on Thursday lowered the local cautionary signal 4 to signal 3 and advised all fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea to be remained in shelter until further notice.
Met officials said that there would be rain in the coastal districts on Friday.
Available reports from India said that the cyclonic storm destroyed huts, uprooted trees, snapped power lines and telephone poles and left hundreds of thousands without power in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh where it made landfall with gusts of up to 165 kph.
There were no immediate reports of deaths, but the storm wreaked havoc on infrastructure, blocking roads and hampering emergency work.
Television footage showed corrugated iron sheet roofs of several houses being blown away.
The storm caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in some districts of Odisha, damage to houses, street lights and roadblocks due to fallen trees.
More than 300,000 people were evacuated from five coastal districts on Wednesday while local schools, colleges and childcare centres were ordered closed and fishermen advised not to go out to sea.
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