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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.

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Cyclone Phethai Highlights: Exposed roots of an uprooted trees as Cyclone Phethai barrels through coastal Andhra Pradesh. (PTI)

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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Chandrababu Naidu conducted a press conference to assess damages and review relief ops in AP

Cotton crops affected, Damages yet to assessed in Odisha

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. 

Source: IMD

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. 

(PTI)

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.

India Navy dispatches ENC Jyoti and Shakti to Kakinada

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

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.

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

Chandrababu Naidu conducted a review meeting on the cyclone today to gauge damage in the state

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)


NDMA issues Do's and Don'ts for the cyclone

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

The South Central Railway cancelled and rescheduled several trains, while air traffic to and from the port city of Visakhapatnam was hit by turbulent weather conditions. Over 20 express and passenger trains were cancelled, South Central Railway's chief public relations officer M Uma Shankar Kumar said. An Indigo flight from Bengaluru that was to land in Visakhapatnam on Monday morning was diverted to Hyderabad. An Indian Airlines flight on way to Visakhapatnam from Hyderabad was sent back, while an Indigo flight from New Delhi was diverted to Telangana capital, according to Vishakhapatnam airport director. A Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam Spicejet flight was cancelled while several others of different airliners were
rescheduled. (PTI)

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

Cyclone Phethai barrelled through coastal Andhra Pradesh on Monday, triggering heavy rains, uprooting trees and electric poles, and claiming one
life, officials said. Train and air services were also disrupted because of the cyclone. East Godavari district bore the brunt of the storm as it made landfall near Katrenikona in the afternoon, forcing evacuation of 20,000 people, who have been sheltered in relief camps. A man named R Durga Rao aged 28 was killed when loosened soil hurtled down a hillock following heavy rains in Vijayawada city, according to sources in the state's Disaster Management Authority. (PTI)

PR&RD clears up roads, clogged drains as cyclone weakens in Andhra

Disaster teams clear drains and roads in various villages of Andhra Pradesh.

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.

IMD issued a bulletin about the cyclone eventually weakening into a depression in 6 hours

Meanwhile, NDMA tweets some do's and dont's for cyclone preparedness

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.

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.

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

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)

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Indian Coast Guard has been put on alert. (AP Photo)

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.