Amaravati (AP), Oct 11 : The 'very severe' cyclonic storm 'Titli' left two persons dead besides causing widespread damage in Srikakulam district Thursday, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said.
Scores of trees and power poles were uprooted as heavy rains lashed Srikakulam district under the influence of the storm, the SDMA said.
Rainfall ranging from 2 cm to 26 cm was recorded in several mandals of the district even as road communication network was vastly affected.
The State Road Transport Corporation suspended its bus services as uprooted trees caused roadblocks at several places.
Transport Minister K Atchannaidu, who hails from Srikakulam, visited the affected mandals and is monitoring the situation.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu conducted a tele-conference with district authorities and instructed them to remain on high alert.
"Every hour from now on is very crucial.Focus should be on relief measures and restoration of communication network.Care should be taken to prevent spread of communicable diseases," Naidu said.
NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed in Srikakulam and neighbouring Vizianagaram districts to take up rescue and relief operations.
The SDMA has set up a toll-free telephone no. 18004250101 at its Emergency Operations Centre to assist people in distress, while control rooms have been opened in the three north coastal districts.