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Cyclone Phethai Makes Landfall In Andhra Pradesh; 1 Killed In Vijayawada

Nearly 350 vulnerable coastal villages of 30 mandals in the north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and many districts of South Bengal have been put on high alert.

Cyclone Phethai Makes Landfall In Andhra Pradesh; 1 Killed In Vijayawada
Cyclone Phethai set to hit Andhra coast, heavy rainfall predicted in Odisha and West Bengal on Monday. | Representative Image (File)
Cyclone Phethai Makes Landfall In Andhra Pradesh; 1 Killed In Vijayawada
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2018-12-17T14:32:06+05:30

Cyclone 'Phethai' made landfall in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh Monday afternoon bringing moderate to heavy rains even as normal life remained hit in the coastal districts of the state.

According to reports, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been put on high alert along with the Coast Guard. Sixteen teams of Andhra Pradesh Disaster Response and Fire Services are on standby at Rajamahendravaram.

Parts of the coastal region, especially Krishna district, on Sunday started experiencing rains and strong winds. The sea became rough.

WATCH | Rough sea and strong winds in Kakinada of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu directed the Collectors of coastal districts to take all precaution to prevent loss of lives.

According to Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, 'Phethai' will intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm over the next few hours and weaken slightly before making a landfall on Monday afternoon.

It lay centred about 560 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam and 600 km south-southeast of Kakinada on Sunday morning.

The Met office has forecast rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry on Sunday and Monday.

Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph is likely along and off Andhra Pradesh. The gale speed may reach 100 kmph on Monday.

The Cyclone Warning Centre has warned storm surge of up to one metre could inundate the low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry at the time of landfall.

Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea.

Phethai is the third cyclone that Andhra Pradesh is going to witness in a span of three months. Earlier Cyclone Titli and Gaja had also affected the coastal state.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

Phethai is the third cyclone that Andhra Pradesh is going to witness in a span of three months. Earlier Cyclone Titli and Gaja had also affected the coastal state.

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