Andhra Pradesh and Odisha stared at a possible flood situation, a day after Cyclone ‘Titli’ hit coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh at around 4:30-5:30am on October 11, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rains in these two neighboring Indian states. As the cyclone - with a speed of 140-150 kmph - hit the coastal area, trees and electric poles were uprooted in the region. Ganjam and Gajapati districts of Odisha were badly affected.
1. Executive Summary
With the state receiving 758.6 mm rainfall between 1st August and 19th August, 164% more than the average of 287.6 mm, Kerala faced unprecedented flooding. Kerala received 42% more rains than usual since the onset of the Monsoon in June. By midAugust, there had been 2346.3 mm of rainfall instead of an average of 1649.55 mm. The highest rainfall was in Idukki district, which received 92% more rains. This was followed by Palakkad, which received 72% more rains.
The central government has designated the devastating floods in Kerala as Level 3 constituted as a “Calamity of Severe Nature”. According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Guidelines, L3 disaster arise from large-scale disasters where districts and the state may not have the capacity to respond adequately and require assistance from the central government for reinstating the state and district machinery.