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Red Alert for Andhra as the storm likely to pass the coast

As Cyclone Asani approaches the coast in the Kakinada district, heavy rain advisories have been issued for coastal Andhra Pradesh. According to the weather department, the storm had shifted its course somewhat and will return to the sea between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam after touching down on the Kakinada coast.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent nine teams to Andhra Pradesh, with seven more on standby. One team has been deployed in Odisha, with 17 others on standby, while 12 teams have been deployed in West Bengal, with five more on standby. Guntur, Krishna, Visakhapatnam, and West and East Godavari districts are on red alert. The officials added that within the next 24 hours, many parts of north and coastal Andhra Pradesh are likely to witness more than 50 mm rainfall along with gusty winds of 60-80 kmph.

The Visakhapatnam cyclone warning centre director, Ms. Sunanda, said that cyclone warnings and red alerts have been given to Andhra Pradesh. She also said that till yesterday it was showing that the cyclone will move in the northwest direction but from the last 6 hours it is moving towards the West-Northwest direction which is very near to the Andhra Pradesh coast. She further added that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) earlier predicted that it will take a turn in the Bay of Bengal but to her surprise, it is going to touch the Kakinada coast.

Amid cyclone Asani, the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) has alerted the people about damage, especially in Krishna, East and West Godavari, and Visakhapatnam. 

It is further estimated that the cyclone can cause damage to thatched huts, minor damage to kutcha and Pucca roads, and can harm paddy and other standing crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards, and cause further power cuts due to wind and heavy rains.

As per the Indian Meteorological Department’s latest update, Cyclone Asani lies about 50 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam, 150 km south-southeast of Kakinada, 290 km south-southwest of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, 530 km south-southwest of Gopalpur and 640 km southwest of Puri in Odisha. The officers concluded that the storm was moving at a speed of 6 km per hour at 5:30 am.

 

By TIS Staffer
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