Gales on Thursday caused much destruction across Kotapally mandal in Adilabad district uprooting electric poles and disrupting power supply in 38 villages. These villages will have to go without electricity until the fallen poles are replaced, which could take a few days.

Many villages were ravaged by the wind which also uprooted trees and damaged houses. The initial assessment of damage showed that 44 electric poles had been uprooted while 11 houses were damaged completely and as many as 200 partially.

Many trees that were uprooted fell across roads hindering flow of traffic.