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.
Cyclone Phethai makes landfall in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains in various areas. Follow Highlights here. Read in TAMIL
Chandrababu Naidu conducted a press conference to assess damages and review relief ops in AP
Andhra Pradesh CM on #CyclonePhethai: Electricity supply has been restored in 14 mandals. 187 camps have been set up, 32,000 people have been provided food. Mobile connectivity has been restored. East Godavari & Krishna administration brought situation under control within hrs. pic.twitter.com/wTn1hVQ0tN— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2018
Cotton crops affected, Damages yet to assessed in Odisha
Pravat Mohapatra, Joint Commissioner Relief on #CyclonePhethai: Cotton crops have been damaged, the damage will be assessed by the govt. Assistance will be provided to affected people. It may rain at a few places, otherwise, everything will be clear in a day or a two.#Odisha pic.twitter.com/P1qsNlPE9s— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2018
Cyclone Phethai leads to severe crop damage in Andhra Pradesh
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
HADR stores incl relief material such as packaged food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc. Additionally, five rescue teams consisting of 18 divers with inflatable Gemini boats and associated equipment and a medical team have also been dispatched to Kakinada by road. pic.twitter.com/QDTPRPBcSx— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) December 17, 2018
India Navy dispatches ENC Jyoti and Shakti to Kakinada
Indian Navy undertook relief missions and dispatched food and aid for people affected in Andgra Pradesh. The cyclone left over 20,000 people dispatched.
#IndianNavy dispatches ENC ships Jyoti & Shakti to Kakinada for #CyclonePhethai Rescue Ops with diving, medical teams & Humanitarian Assistance & Distress Relief (HADR) stores along with one UH3H helicopter is being sailed out from Visakhapatnam to Kakinada to join Rescue Op. pic.twitter.com/WY1xR7P68e— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) December 17, 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
As #CyclonePhethai 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. pic.twitter.com/PWB2SZDDO8— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) December 18, 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.
Held a review meeting to monitor the disaster management efforts by departments & last mile functionaries, at the RTG yesterday. All necessary measures have been taken to face #CyclonePhethai. The situation is fully under control, 100% restoration will be complete by today. pic.twitter.com/34h4VAfHAf— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) December 18, 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.
Damage numbers in estimates as highest rainfall was recorded in Tallarevu
#PethaiCyclone: In the meeting, officials said crops in 14000 hectares damaged & 300 sheep died. Highest rainfall of 160 mm was recorded in Tallarevu. 379 electrical poles were damaged & 146 were restored so far. 26000 metric tonnes of agricultural production was damaged. https://t.co/VM8wlmkff1— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2018
Chandrababu Naidu conducted a review meeting on the cyclone today to gauge damage in the state
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu conducted a review meeting on #PethaiCyclone at Real Time Governance centre at Secretariat today. He said officials should be able to gauge the probable damage basing on wind velocity in advance to take up relief measures immediately.(File pic) pic.twitter.com/vwUsXbg4dQ— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2018
As cyclones and storms make lives difficult for fishermen, TN govt provides an alternative for relief
Meanwhile, in the wake of cyclones and storms, Tamil Nadu government today provided eighty fishing boat groups with 200 ISRO developed satellite-enabled communication devices that will provide them real-time alerts on cyclone and weather updates. Chief Minister K Palaniswami distributed the gadgets to seven fishermen from Chennai, Nagapattinam and Kanyakumari engaged in deep sea fishing, marking the rollout of the devices, at the Secretariat here. Touted as the Indian version of the American GPS (Global Positioning System), the NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) enabled communication devices provides fishermen with real-time updates. (PTI)
Resettlement of those in affected areas by the state government is underway
The state government has arranged for resettlement from the affected areas and arranged for rehabilitation of 4014 people in 224 schools.
Train and flight services to and from Visakhapatnam was severely hit due to the cyclone's landfall
AP Deputy CM (Home) is camping at an affected village to oversee relief operations
Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa is camping at Bhairavapalem village in East Godavari district to oversee relief and rescue operations. Chief Executive Officer of the RTGS Babu Ahamed said precautionary steps taken by the authorities had minimised damage to life and property. He said trees were uprooted in some 20 places and rescue teams had cleared the debris in 15. Spare electric poles were kept ready, he said. (PTI)
Cyclone Phethai claims Vijaywada man's life, forces evacuation of 20,000 people sheltered in relief camps
PR&RD clears up roads, clogged drains as cyclone weakens in Andhra
Disaster teams clear drains and roads in various villages of Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh: Panchayat Raj and Rural Development (PR&RD) teams along the disaster teams clearing drains, roads and sideways in the villages affected by #CyclonePhethai. (Pictures courtesy- PR&RD Minister Nara Lokesh) pic.twitter.com/4ULTYLfoye— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2018
Cyclone Phethai is likely to weaken along the Andhra coast today evening
Cyclone Phethai has further moved northwards and is expected to to weaken across the Andhra coast today late evening.
B29: #CyclonePhethai moved Northwards with the speed of 17 kmph is about 25km South of Yanam & 40km south of #Kakinada. It is likely to weaken further across AP coast to Tuni during late evening of 17th Dec'18 as a deep depression with the speed of 55-65 kmph gusting to 75kmph . pic.twitter.com/OB56d8ME1H— TN SDMA (@tnsdma) December 17, 2018
IMD issued a bulletin about the cyclone eventually weakening into a depression in 6 hours
Hourly update: #CyclonePhethai over the westcentral #BoB moved NW with the location close to yanam and 25 km south of #Kakinada with the wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph. It will weaken into a depression during subsequent 6 hours. pic.twitter.com/yAHPldFROP— TN SDMA (@tnsdma) December 17, 2018
Phethai storm crosses the coast between Yanam and Kakinada; CM beefs up rescue ops
The Phethai storm is crossing the coast between Andhra town Yanam and Kakinada, as authorities are alert and concerned about the safety of people to ensure no loss of life, tweeted the official account of the East Godavari district which is handled by the government of Andhra Pradesh. State CM Naidu tweeted that he has been instructed to beef up the rescue operations in areas where the storm surges as he takes up the responsibility in case of a disaster situation.
రాజస్థాన్ పర్యటనలోనే.. పెథాయ్ ప్రభావం, సహాయ చర్యలపై టెలీకాన్ఫరెన్స్ నిర్వహించాను. తుపాను తీవ్రత అధికంగా ఉన్న ప్రాంతాల్లో సహాయ చర్యల్లో వేగం పెంచాలని ఆదేశించాను. ఎలాంటి విపత్కర పరిస్థితి అయినా ప్రజలకు అండగా నిలబడే బాధ్యత ప్రభుత్వానిదే అని స్పష్టం చేస్తున్నాను.#CyclonePhethai— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) December 17, 2018
Andhra CM tweets a video of state RTEGS explaining the Cyclone Phethai's effect
The RTEGS in Andhra Pradesh estimated that heavy rains in the 22 zones would be huge in the backdrop of crossing the Pethai coast. Accordingly Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu ordered the collectors of the respective districts to move people to safer areas.
Cyclone Phethai moved northwards from Bay of Bengal
The cyclone storm moved northwards from the Bay of Bengal and is soon to form into a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-90 kmph, furthering more.
The Cyclonic Storm ‘#Phethai ’ over the west-central Bay of Bengal moved further northwards with a speed of 19 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of 17th December 2018 over west-central Bay of Bengal near latitude 16.2°N and longitude 82.2°E;— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) December 17, 2018
Fishing activities suspended, storm surge warning issued: IMD bulletin
Mild to heavy rainfall may hit neighbouring states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal as well as the Gangetic plain. A wind warning has been issued along Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Odisha coasts. As sea conditions are likely to be rough, and a storm surge to the height of about 0.5 m to 1.0 m is expected to hit areas in Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry. Fishing activities along the coast in these places have been suspended.
Strong winds hit Visakhapatnam
Trees were uprooted in Visakhapatnam district's Narsipatnam after strong winds and rainfall hit the region.
Andhra Pradesh: Trees were uprooted in Visakhapatnam district's Narsipatnam after strong winds and rainfall hit the region. Roads are being cleared by the local administration. #CyclonePhethai pic.twitter.com/PRssp7R1Rr— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2018
Navy to deploy aircraft and choppers for aerial survey
Post-landfall, Naval helicopters & aircraft will be flown to undertake an aerial survey for relief & rescue operations, says CG Raju, PRO Eastern Naval Command
Schools, colleges announce one day holiday in Andhra Pradesh
Air traffic to the port city of Visakhapatnam has been hampered due to turbulent weather conditions, following which some flights were diverted to Hyderabad. A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in the coastal districts of the state as a precautionary measure. (PTI)
One dead due to landslides in Vijaywada
One person was killed in a landslide caused by heavy rains in Vijayawada city but no other casualties have been reported from elsewhere so far, according to sources in the State Disaster Management Authority. (PTI)