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Cyclone Phethai Highlights: 20,000 people shifted to relief camps, storm weakens

Cyclone Phethai Highlights: East Godavari district bore the brunt of the storm as it made landfall near Katrenikona, forcing the evacuation of 20,000 people, who have been sheltered in relief camps.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2018 6:39:38 pm
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Cyclone Phethai Highlights: Coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh were battered with heavy rains Monday, leaving several trees and electric poles uprooted and claiming the life of one person. A boat carrying seven fishermen went missing in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam, even as Phethai crossed the coast in East Godavari district and moved towards Odisha, PTI reported.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has been actively keeping a track of developments, was apprised of the situation during a review meeting late last night. The Indian Meteorological Department in a statement said that the Deep Depression over Coastal Andhra Pradesh moved nearly northwards with a speed of 11 kmph and gradually weakened into a depression.

Sixteen teams of Andhra Pradesh Disaster Response and Fire Services were deployed in and around Rajamahendravaram, while another nine (of five members each) have been in West Godavari district for road clearance. East Godavari district bore the brunt of the storm as it made landfall near Katrenikona, forcing the evacuation of 20,000 people, who have been sheltered in relief camps.

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Cyclone Phethai makes landfall in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains in various areas. Follow Highlights here. Read in TAMIL

16:49 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Chandrababu Naidu conducted a press conference to assess damages and review relief ops in AP
16:07 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Cotton crops affected, Damages yet to assessed in Odisha
14:18 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Cyclone Phethai leads to severe crop damage in Andhra Pradesh
14:15 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Strong winds lashes parts of Odisha

"We shifted the people because it is dangerous staying in half-constructed houses during the calamity," the official said. Rainfall, accompanied by strong surface wind, lashed several parts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, the Met office said.

14:14 (IST)18 Dec 2018
No casualty reported in Odisha so far

While inclement weather affected normal life in many parts of south and western Odisha, no casualty was reported, a senior official said, adding power supply was disrupted in some areas. As many as 11,600 people were evacuated in Gajapati district even as houses ravaged by Cyclone Titli in October are yet to be fully repaired, a senior official at the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office said.

14:04 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Odisha witness heavy rainfall

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in south Odisha and heavy rainfall in the western region till Wednesday as the cyclonic storm weakened gradually. "The depression over north coastal Andhra Pradesh moved in the north-north-east direction and weakened into a well marked low-pressure area and lay over north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal and Odisha Tuesday morning," Director of the Meteorological Centre here, H R Biswas said.

11:05 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Few spells of rain forecasted in West Bengal

The Met department has forecast generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers in the city till Wednesday morning.

11:05 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Weather likely to improve from Wednesday morning in West bengal

The weather is likely to improve from Wednesday morning in West Bengal as the well-marked low-pressure will further weaken into a low-pressure system and move to the north-eastern states, where it will cause heavy rain at isolated places, the Met department said. The weatherman forecast light to moderate rain in most places of Gangetic West Bengal and in some places ofSub-Himalayan West Bengal.

10:18 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Satellite image of south eastern sector shows change in weather pattern in Andhra Pradesh

Satellite imagery shows the cyclone weakening in its path is now over Odisha. The wind speeds have also come down and the cyclone has lost its intensity. 

Source: IMD
09:42 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Strong winds in Odisha for next 12 hours

Strong wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph likely along and off Odisha coast and over northwest & adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal during next 12 hours.

09:38 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Heavy rainfalls expected in souther region of Andhra

Though the cyclone system has weakened, many districts in the southern region of the state have been experiencing heavy rainfall under its impact. As per the latest information from IMD, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati and Rayagada districts. Besides, isolated places in Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada and Kalahandi districts may also experience heavy rainfall, the IMD said.

08:57 (IST)18 Dec 2018
11,000 people evacuated to safety zones

Odisha government has evacuated more than 11,000 people to safety zones. "We have evacuated about 11,600 people in Gajapati district as their houses are yet to be repaired after Cyclone Titli in October this year," a senior official at the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office said. People from seven vulnerable blocks in Gajapati district have been taken to safe places.

08:55 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Cyclone lying over Odisha

The Depression over North Coastal Andhra Pradesh moved nearly north-northeastwards during past 06 hours, weakened into a well-marked low-pressure area and lay over Northwest & adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal and Odisha: IMD

08:32 (IST)18 Dec 2018
In Pic | Damage done from Cyclone Phethai

The cyclone uprooted several trees and damaged electric poles in Kakinada and adjoining areas as winds up toing upto 100 kmphn ravaged the coastal Andhra. 

(PTI)

07:45 (IST)18 Dec 2018
One dead in landslide due to cyclone

A man named R Durga Rao aged 28 was killed when a loosened soil hurtled down a hillock following heavy rains in Vijayawada city, according to sources in the state's disaster management Authority. Krishna district Collector B Lakshmi Kanthamannouncednan immediate relief of Rs 50,000 to the deceased family.

07:43 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Naval aircraft waiting clear weather for aerial survey

Naval Aircraft are standby at INS Dega to undertake Aerial survey with first opportunity of clear weather to assess the extent of destruction.

07:42 (IST)18 Dec 2018
India Navy dispatches ENC Jyoti and Shakti to Kakinada
07:39 (IST)18 Dec 2018
99.28% people were alerted about the cyclone: CM

As Cyclone Phethai made landfall, RTGS ensured that basic facilities were made available to citizens & immediate measures were taken towards any reported issues. According to feedback through IVRS calls, 99.28% people were alerted about the cyclone, 99.36% received food & water: CM Naidu

07:38 (IST)18 Dec 2018
CM Chandrababu Naidu apprised of situation

State HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao apprised Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of the situation during a review meeting the latter conducted late in the night at theReal-Time Governance Centre (RTGS) at the state Secretariat.

07:35 (IST)18 Dec 2018
Cyclone Phethai weakens

The deep depression over coastal Andhra Pradesh moved nearly northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during and weakened into a depression. It is very likely to move north-north-eastwards and further weaken into a well marked low pressure area, IMD said in a statement.  

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The Cyclonic storm 'Phethai' over southwest & adjoining westcentral moved further north-northwestwards and lay centered on Saturday afternoon over southwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal.

It lay about about 560 km north-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 300 km east-southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu), 380 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 410 km south-southeast Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh).

Heavy to very heavy showers likely at a few places in coastal Andhra Pradesh on December 16 and 17. "Extremely heavy falls at isolated places is also likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh on 17 December," it said.

"Gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph prevails over southwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to become gale wind speed reaching 80-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph over westcentral Bay of Bengal on 16 th December evening," the bulleting stated further.

The sea would be rough to very rough in south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu from Saturday till December 17, it said, adding that fishermen have been advised not to venture into the Bay of Bengal.

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