11.4 lakh people affected due to cyclone Roanu, says AP deputy CM

  • PTI, Rajamahendravaram (AP)
  • Updated: May 21, 2016 09:34 IST
Cyclone Roanu has been lashing coastal Andhra Pradesh for the past 48 hours. The storm is now moving northeast, towards Odisha. (Reuters)

Andhra Pradesh deputy chief minister N Chinnarajappa on Friday said around 11.4 lakh people were affected and crops extensively damaged by cyclone Roanu in the East Godavari district.

At least eight houses were completely damaged and 19 partially so due to the strong winds and heavy rainfall of the severe storm.

“Crops in 9,360 hectares were damaged due to rains, which have been lashing the district for the last two days. (About) 304 villages in 33 mandals of the district are affected by the cyclone,” he said.

Officials said rainfall of 117 mm was recorded in the district till 6 pm on Friday.

Coastal districts are being battered by the cyclonic storm over the past 48 hours, with port city Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam coming in the storm’s trail.

Officials of the Cyclone Warning Centre at Visakhapatnam said the storm was moving north-eastwards.

“It is likely to cross south Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Cox’s Bazar by midnight of Saturday,” they said.

Very heavy rainfall measuring more than 21 cms was predicted for Saturday, accompanied by gale touching wind speeds of 100 kmph.

The winds have caused electricity and communication lines to snap, while trees have uprooted and a few landslides have blocked some rail lines.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed officials to evacuate people from vulnerable areas and set up relief camps wherever necessary.

Five National Disaster Response Force teams comprising 500 personnel with life-saving equipment have already been deployed. Teams of the State Disaster Response Force were also on standby, an official statement claimed.

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