Cyclone may hit coastal regions today
10,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chennai. Share your experienceindia Updated: Oct 29, 2005 02:59 IST
The deep depression in Bay of Bengal that triggered incessant rains in coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chennai on Friday threatened to develop into a cyclonic storm and hit the region by Saturday as authorities evacuated 10,000 people from low-lying areas.
The depression, which lay centred at 100 kms off Ongole, is likely to hit the Andhra coast between Prakasam and Krishna districts packing wind upto 70 km per hour even as three persons were killed in a house collapse in Chittor district.
The storm brewing in Bay of Bengal is set to cross the coast between Kavali and Machilipatnam and heavy rains are likely in coastal districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Krishna and Guntur and also several parts in Rayalaseema region, a spokesman of the Cyclone Warning Centre said in Visakhapatnam.
The district administration was bracing for massive relief and rehabilitation operations in south coastal region where heavy rains threw normal life out of gear with disruption of road and rail traffic and extensive crop damage.
About 10,000 people in low-lying areas of Guntur and Prakasam districts were shifted to safer areas.
The met office in Bhubaneshwar said squally weather would prevail along and off the Orissa coast and fishermen had been advised not to enter the sea.
Under the influence of the deep depression, incessant rains were experienced in the coastal districts of Orissa and some southern districts.
Reports from districts of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur said the rains affected normal life in several places including, Kendrapara and the port town of Paradip. Some areas had been water logged following the rains.
Meanwhile, a Chennai report said the metropolis, battered by heavy rains for the past two days was limping back to normal with rains holding off on Friday as the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal veered to Andhra Coast. Chennai would be at the edge of the depression, met office said.
It was bright sunshine when Chennaites woke up on Friday with no rains reported since late on Thursday night and power, which was disconnected, was restored in many places in the city.
First Published: Oct 28, 2005 12:01 IST