A cyclone is brewing over the Bay of Bengal. Indian Meteorological Department issued an all India weather inference at around 4 p.m.on December 15. The weather inference talked about a cyclone which is brewing over the Bay of Bengal and likely to hit Andhra Pradesh’s coast. It was expected to intensify into a cyclone Phethai.
Cyclone Phethai barrelled through coastal Andhra Pradesh, leading to heavy rains, uprooting trees and electric poles. Over 20,000 people sheltered in relief camps. Tremendous roaring winds that gusted up to 85-90 kmph. A man named R Durga Rao aged 28 killed.
Phethai is the third cyclone that Andhra Pradesh is going to witness in a short span of time. In Andhra Pradesh, no transport is available whether through train or air due to heavy rains and the weather More than 20 trains have been canceled and many flights delayed or canceled. Andhra has witnessed 2 more cyclones earlier, Title and Gaja before Phethai frequently faced 3 cyclones in a very short span of time.
District collector B Lakshmi Kanthan announced an immediate relief of ₹50,000 to the deceased’s family. Deputy ChiefMinister N China Rajappa is camping at Bhairavapalam village in East Godavari district to oversee relief and rescue operations. Educational institutions closed in a coastal district as a precautionary measure.
The NDRF i.e. National Disaster response force is on high alert along with the Coast Guard. Sixteen teams of Andhra Pradesh Disaster Response and Fire Services are on standby atRajamahendravaram, while another nine (of five members each) have been positioned in West Godavari district for road clearance, news agency PTI reported.
The Phethai storm crossing the coast between Andhra town Yanam and Kakinada. The authorities are alert and concerned about the safety of people to ensure no loss of life. State CM Naidu tweeted that he has been instructed to beef up the rescue operations in areas where the storm surges as he takes up the responsibility in case of a disaster situation.