Visakhapatnam: Diwali revelry may be dampened due to the moderate to heavy rains in parts of Andhra Pradesh triggered by the twin low-pressure area formed over the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. North Andhra has been receiving heavy showers accompanied by a gale since Tuesday morning.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall, with extremely heavy falls are likely to occur over Coastal Andhra Pradesh from Wednesday to Friday.
According to IMD, the well-marked low-pressure area over west-central and the adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, with the associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 5.8 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height, persists. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 48 hours and move north-west towards the Andhra Pradesh coast.
Another low-pressure area has formed over central parts of the Arabian Sea with the associated cyclonic circulation.
These two systems would boost the North-East monsoon over Peninsular India, with the IMD predicting fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls during next four to five days.
The India Met Department (IMD) has persisted with an outlook for the system to North-North-East over East-Central Arabian Sea (towards the Konkan-Mumbai coast) till Thursday, and then re-curve West-North-West (towards Oman-Yemen) with gradual intensification.
Firecrackers traders in the Vizag region are worried that the rains may hit their businesses hard this year.
A total of 160 licensed firecrackers stalls will be set up at various parts in Vizag city to sell the firecrackers from October 25 to 27.
"We procured over Rs 4 crore worth firecrackers from Sivakasi of Tamil Nadu, expecting good business during this Diwali. Now, we are in a dilemma, wondering whether we can manage to sell at least 50 per cent of our stock due to the bad weather," says K Naidu, a firecracker trader in Vizag city. EOM