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Cyclone Titli claims eight lives in Andhra Pradesh

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Visakhapatnam, Oct 11: Eight people were killed in a very severe cyclonic storm Titli which wrecked havoc in north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, officials said.

The cyclone, which made landfall between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha early on Thursday, uprooted trees, electricity poles and communication towers and also damaged crops.

Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts were affected by the cyclone, which hit the coast near Palasa close to the border with Odisha. Srikakulam district bore the brunt as the strong winds uprooted a large number of coconut trees.

Officials said five deaths were reported from Srikakulam district while three persons were killed in neighbouring Vijayanagaram district. Six fishermen were among the dead.

Parts of the two districts received heavy rainfall triggered by the cyclone.

Uprooted trees fell on the roads, disrupting the vehicular traffic. The state-owned road transport corporation suspended all bus services on the Andhra-Odisha border area.

Several trains were cancelled or diverted due to cyclone.

According to East Coast Railway, railway stations were damaged at several places. The station at Palasa suffered massive damage. Teams of railway officials were studying the impact of cyclone between Palasa and Brahmpur.

According to the Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, Titli crossed between North Andhra and South Odisha coast near Palasa with wind speed of 140-150 km per hour.

Local cautionary signal number three kept hoisted at Kalingapatnam port but the warning was withdrawn from Bheemunipatnam, Visakhapatnam, Gangavaram and other ports.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the cyclone situation at a meeting with top officials in Vijayawada. He directed officials to launch relief operations and closely monitor the situation.

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5.1 magnitude Earthquake hits Bay of Bengal, tremors felt in Chennai

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New Delhi, Feb 12: An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter Scale hit the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday morning. The quake struck the region at 7:02 am.

Light tremors were also felt in Chennai where people took to social media to report the quake.

However, no casualty or any damage to property was reported.

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Earthquake hits Delhi-NCR

Tremors were also felt in Delhi-NCR region and neighbouring states including Punjab.

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New Delhi, February 2: An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit the Hindukush region on Saturday. Tremors were also felt in Delhi-NCR region and neighbouring states including Punjab.

Meanwhile, India’s neighbouring nations Afghanistan and Pakistan also felt the tremors on Saturday afternoon. No casualties or damage to property has been reported. More details awaited. The massive quake hit the Hindukush region a day after Palghar district in Maharashtra was hit by five consecutive quakes in 24 hours.

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6.2-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia

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Jakarta, Jan 22: An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia on Tuesday, but was not potential for tsunami, the country’s meteorology and geophysics agency said.

There was no initial report of damage, the agency said.

The quake had epicentre at 103 km southwest of Sumba Barat district of the province and a depth of 10 km under sea bed, official in charge of meteorology and geophysics agency Aziz Sugiarso said.

“For this quake, there were no signs of tsunami to occur so that we did not issue a warning for that,” he told Xinhua.

“We have not got any damages or casualty triggered by the quake,” he said.

Nine minutes after the quake, an aftershock of 5.2-magnitude struck off the province, the official said.

Indonesia is prone to quake as it lies on a vulnerable quake-impacted zone so called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.
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