Cyclone Gulab: High alert in Vizag, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh

The north coastal Andhra Pradesh (NCAP) districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam were put on high alert after the India Metrological Department (IMD) predicted that a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclone in a few hours.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  25 Sep 2021 1:27 PM GMT
Cyclone Gulab: High alert in Vizag, Vizianagaram,  Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam: The north coastal Andhra Pradesh (NCAP) districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam were put on high alert after the India Metrological Department (IMD) predicted that a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclone in a few hours.

The cyclonic storm will be named Gulab as proposed by Pakistan.

The IMD predicted that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to lash NACP on Sunday.

IMD Amarvati director S. Stella said the deep depression over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal moved westwards with a speed of 17 kmph in the last six hours and lay centered over north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal about 410 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 480 km east-northeast of Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh). It is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur by Sunday evening.

The IMD predicted that isolated heavy rains will likely occur in other districts of south coastal Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. Winds reaching a speed of 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph is likely over west-central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast. Tide waves of 0.5 m height are likely over Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts and low-lying areas may get inundated, the IMD said.

The weather agency warned of damages to communication and power lines, huts, paddy crops, and orchards. Riverine flooding and landslides are expected, it said and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea till 27 September. A situation of flash floods, waterlogging, and inundation in low-lying areas could arise and there is a possibility of some damage to informal and kutcha road and wall collapse of vulnerable kutcha houses, it added.

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