Cyclone hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, five fishermen washed away in the sea, heavy rain started
Cyclonic storm Gulab has hit the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Heavy rains have started in Srikakulam as soon as the cyclone storm made landfall in Andhra Pradesh. Also strong winds are blowing. The people affected by the storm are being shifted to safer places by the district administration. IMD has given the latest information that the process of hitting cyclonic storm Gulab in Odisha's Bhubaneswar has started from Sunday evening and it can continue for about three hours. This system has affected the land between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha. Cyclone warnings have been issued by IMD for coastal areas of North Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha. Heavy rains have started near the coastal areas of both the states.
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- five fishermen from Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam due to cyclone evening were swept into the sea. All these fishermen were returning to the Mandasa beach when strong waves came and their boat capsized, due to which they all got washed away in the sea. Police and other officials are trying to save them. This information has been given by Vajrapukotturu Sub Inspector Govindrao.
PM Modi inquired about the situation from the CM of Andhra Pradesh
Earlier, PM Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to inquire about the situation arising out of the cyclone. The PM had tweeted and said that all possible help has been assured from the Center. I pray for everyone's safety and well being.
At the same time, the Odisha government has sent rescue teams to sensitive areas. Along with this, orders have been issued to evacuate people from low-lying areas. 42 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 24 squads of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with fire brigade personnel have been sent to seven districts- Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabaranpur and Kandhamal.
Eight teams of NDRF kept in reserve for emergency
Ganjam is expected to be severely affected by the cyclonic storm and 15 rescue teams have been deployed in that area alone, an official said. In addition, 11 fire units, six teams of ODRAF and eight teams of NDRF have been kept in reserve for emergency purposes.
Government officials canceled holidays
The district administrations of Gajapati and Koraput have canceled holidays and holidays of government employees on September 25 and 26. The collectors have directed the government officials and employees to stand by their respective headquarters to deal with any emergency.