Cyclone hits Orissa-Andhra Pradesh coast, kills 2

 International Desk |  Monday, September 27th, 2021 |  5:36 am
       

Cyclone Gulab has hit the coasts of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh in India. A fishermen’s boat sank in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam due to the cyclone. At least two fishermen were killed and four others were missing. This news is from Anandabazar.

The country’s meteorological department (IMD) said the tip of the cyclone rose to land on the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday night. At around 10:30 pm, cyclone Rose is hitting the north coast of Andhra Pradesh and the adjoining southern coast of Orissa at a speed of 75 to 85 kmph.

In the next three to four hours, the cyclone could cross Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Orissa. As a result, heavy rains are likely in Telangana in the next two days, Monday and Tuesday.

A fisherman’s boat capsized in Srikakulam after losing control due to the rose. Six fishermen went missing. The bodies of two of them were later recovered by the disaster response force. The rest have not been found yet.

The storm started in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh after the cyclone hit the ground. According to the Kalingapatnam district administration, a total of 61 relief camps have been set up. 1,100 people have taken shelter there.

The Telangana chief secretary has directed all concerned government officials to remain vigilant. Special control room has been opened. The meteorological department has issued a red alert in northern Telangana and an orange alert in the south.

Meanwhile, Indian news agency ANI quoted Anandabazar as saying that cyclone Gulab has started moving westwards from Andhra Pradesh. Currently, the center of roses is located in the coastal region of northern Andhra Pradesh. The maximum wind speed there is 85 km. The wind speed may decrease somewhat in the next few hours.

At least 16,000 people have been evacuated from the Orissa coast to avoid the cyclone, said PK Gina, special relief commissioner for Orissa’s Ganjam district.