New Delhi: With Cyclone Jawad expected to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, both the states have begun preparations to deal with it.
Cyclone Jawad, likely to be a powerful one, is expected to turn towards northeast after hitting Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh.
The cyclone has been caused due to the depression over southeast Bay of Bengal which gained strength as it moved towards the coast.
It is expected to intensify into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ on Saturday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued red alert for coastal Andhra and Odisha.
Light to moderate rainfall with isolated very heavy to extremely heavy rains have been predicted over coastal districts of Andhra and Odisha till Sunday due to Cyclone Jawad.
The impact may be felt in West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya which may receive isolated very heavy rainfall.
“CS ‘JAWAD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved slightly northwards with a speed of 04 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST of today, about 230 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam, 410 km south-southwest of Puri and 490 km south-southwest of Paradip (Odisha),” IMD said in a tweet on Saturday morning.
Fishermen have been advised against venturing into the seat till Sunday, December 5.
After the East Coast Railway cancelled 95 trains between the two states, the Indian Railways on Friday announced cancellation of 75 more trains.
In Andhra, officials have been directed to set up relief camps at required locations and be alert for low-lying areas.
Odisha government has ordered evacuation of people from kutcha houses and those in low-lying areas.
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