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Cyclone Titli leaves trail of destruction in coastal Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu govt faces flak for lack of strategy

The picturesque Uddanam region of north coastal Andhra has been razed to ground with the devastation caused by Titli Cyclone. The Uddanam region gets its name from the word udyanavanam (garden). The region got this name as it is famous for growing horticultural crops especially coconut and cashew. This residents of the region that runs parallel to the sea is also most affected by chronic kidney diseases (CKD) which is known in medical parlance as Uddanam Nephropathy.

Cyclone Titli struck this region in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving behind an unprecedented trail of destruction in this economically fragile region.

As per the preliminary estimates of Andhra Pradesh government, 18 mandals of the Srikakulam district bordering Odisha were affected by the cyclone. Over 12 lakh people in 872 villages were affected. The state chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu sought Central assistance worth Rs 1,200 crore as interim relief to tide over the calamity caused by the cyclone. The state government has tentatively estimated the damage to be worth Rs 2,800 crore.

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