Three coastal districts on high alert as Andhra gears up for Cyclone Fani
The sea remained very rough and it advanced by more than 100 feet in parts of Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. Fishermen have been advised against venturing into the sea till further orders.Updated: May 02, 2019, 19:51 IST
The Andhra Pradesh government has kept its administration in the three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam on high alert for the next 48 hours to face any eventuality arising out of Cyclone Fani.
State Real Time Governance System chief executive officer Ahmad Babu told Hindustan Times that the cyclone had already started showing its impact with several parts of these coastal districts receiving heavy rain since Thursday morning.
The sea remained very rough and it advanced by more than 100 feet in parts of Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. Fishermen have been advised against venturing into the sea till further orders.
A total of 110 train services have been canceled by the South Central Railway and North Eastern Railway as a precaution.
“It is an extremely severe tropical cyclone which has slightly intensified and is located at about 190 km south east of Visakhapatnam and is moving in a north and north-eastward direction. It will move towards extreme north coastal Andhra and south coastal Odisha by late in the night and will make landfall near south of Puri by 11am on Friday, with a wind velocity of 160 to 180 kmph,” Babu said.
He said the RTG had been in touch with 90 lakh people directly through an interactive voice response system (IVRS) alerting them from time to time. Srikakulam is expected to bear the brunt of the cyclone in Andhra Pradesh and is expected to witness rainfall up to 20 cm.
“There is going to be considerable impact on communication and power systems and the administration has kept all the required material like transformers, cables and communication towers as standby in case of any damage.
Srikakulam District Collector J Nivas told reporters that people from low-lying areas were being shifted to safer places. About 40 labourers from Madhya Pradesh, who have been living in makeshift huts across river Vamsadhara were evacuated and accommodated in a relief camp at a local school.
The government has been advising the people not to stand close to electric poles, tall trees and weak structures during the period. Sand mining in all rivers has been banned till further orders in view of the release of water from Odisha in huge quantities. People have been advised to avoid waterways for travel.
The sky remained cloudy in the three north coastal districts and also parts of East Godavari district. Several parts of the north coast reported rains. More rains with wind speeding upto 140 km are expected late on Thursday night.
Very heavy rainfall has been forecast for north and coastal Srikakulam, coastal Vizianagaram and scattered showers over Visakhapatnam and coastal areas of East Godavari are expected till Friday afternoon.