Heavy rains lash Andhra Pradesh's coastal area as Cyclone Phethai makes landfall in East Godavari district

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 17, 2018, 01:04 PM(IST)

Andhra Pradesh on alert as Cyclone Phethai approaches; several trains cancelled Photograph:( ANI )

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Authorities have sounded a red alert in seven out of nine coastal districts and opened over 300 relief camps to provide shelter to people evacuated from coastal villages and low-lying areas.

Cyclone Phethai has made a landfall at Katrenikona in East Godavari district on Monday afternoon. 

Heavy rains and winds experienced in many areas in the district. Entire Konaseema region is receiving heavy rainfall. The government has issued alerts to people to be careful.

Incessant rains were lashing East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts since Sunday night under the impact of 'Phethai' in the Bay of Bengal. Squally winds have uprooted trees and electricity poles in some places.

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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.

Authorities have sounded a red alert in seven out of nine coastal districts and opened over 300 relief camps to provide shelter to people evacuated from coastal villages and low-lying areas.

22 passenger trains have been cancelled, one train rescheduled and one train partially cancelled in view of the rainfall due to cyclone Phethai. 

Coastal Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Odisha are likely to experience rainfall in the next two days with a deep depression set to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and make a landfall between Ongole and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

(With inputs from agencies)

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