The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday, December 18 has forecasted heavy rainfall in most places of Odisha for the next 24 hours under the impact of Cyclone Phethai which made landfall on Monday afternoon at Katrenikonain in East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone with a packing windspeed that gusted up to 85-90 kmph, uprooted electric poles and trees in Katrenikona, Tallarevu, and Malkipuram in the district.
Though the cyclone has weakened after the landfall but its impact continued bringing incessant rains in many districts of the southern region of Odisha. More than 11,000 people have been evacuated to safety zones in Odisha.
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“We have evacuated about 11,600 people in Gajapati district as their houses are yet to be repaired after Cyclone Titili in October this year,” a senior official at the Special Relief Commissinor’s (SRC) office said.
As per the latest information, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur in four districts- Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati and Rayagada.
Many places in Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, and Gajapati districts are expected to receive more rains in the next 12 hours. Besides, heavy rains are likely to occur at isolated places of Ganjam, Puri, Nuapada, Bargarh, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundergarh and Keonjhar districts, a bulletin from IMD stated.
Squally winds with speed reaching 30-40 kmph and gusting up to 50 kmph are likely along and off South Odisha coast during next 12 hours. However, IMD has stated that the situation will get better as the rainfall is likely to decrease in the afternoon.
In the meeting, officials said crops in 14000 hectares damaged & 300 sheep have died. Highest rainfall of 160 mm was recorded in Tallarevu. 379 electrical poles were damaged & 146 were restored so far. 26000 metric tonnes of agricultural production was damaged.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu conducted a review meeting on cyclonic storm Phethai at Real Time Governance centre at Secretariat on Tuesday. He said officials should be able to gauge the probable damage basing on wind velocity in advance to take up relief measures immediately.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into West Central adjoining the northwest Bay of Bengal, north Andhra Pradesh, and south Odisha coasts during next 12 hours.
One person was killed in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijaywada after Cyclone Phethia made landfall on Monday afternoon.
Due to turbulent weather conditions, 14 flights were cancelled to the port city of Visakhapatnam and diverted many others to Hyderabad. Over 700 passengers were stranded at Visakhapatnam airport due to the cancellation of flights.