Heavy rains accompanied by squally winds lashed parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh following severe cyclonic storm ‘Phethai’ that his the coast in Katrenikona villagel of Konaseema, near Kakinada, this afternoon. The Andhra Pradesh government has put seven coastal districts of Guntur, Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam on high alert in the wake of the predictions over cyclonic storm Phethai.
The Indian Meteorology Department has predicted that it would hit the coasts of Andhra Pradesh on Monday afternoon, bringing heavy rains to the state and parts of Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were already deployed in the districts likely to be impacted by the cyclone.
Incessant rains were lashing East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts since Sunday night under the impact of ‘Phethai’ in Bay of Bengal. Squally winds have uprooted trees and electricity poles in some places. Electricity supply to Kakinada town and several other parts of East Godavari district was snapped. The meteorologists have asked people to remain indoors during the landfall of the storm.
The South Central Railway has cancelled over 50 trains in coastal Andhra Pradesh in view of severe cyclonic storm Phethai, which is set to hit the coast near Kakinada on Monday afternoon. Many trains from Vijayawada to various destinations in coastal Andhra were suspended as a precautionary measure.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the situation with district collectors through video-conference from Amaravati. He directed them to treat this as an emergency situation and gear up the district administration to prevent loss of life.