Cyclone Phethai LIVE updates: At least 6 coastal regions in Andhra Pradesh have been severely affected after cyclonic storm Phethai made landfall in the state. The storm developed over the Bay of Bengal and hit the state with heavy rainfall and strong winds up to 80 km per hour. As per reports, coastal areas including East Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and other regions were severely affected due to the storm. State disaster management authorities had already sounded a high alert at all the coastal regions in Andhra Pradesh, and other places where it was expected to make the impact.
After the storm hit Andhra Pradesh’s coastal regions, more than 50 trains schedule were affected due to the storm where several of them were cancelled. More than 10,000 disaster management officials were on standby to monitor the situation and relief, rescue work in the state. Meanwhile, playing its part to serve people in this natural disaster, Indian Eastern Naval Command to alert the fishermen in the coastal regions to remain vigil and cautious during the storm. Not only Indian railways services were affected but several flights were also hit by the storm.
National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force (SRDF) and all other disaster management teams have been kept on standby, meanwhile, the administration is keeping a tap on all the developments.
Meanwhile, other rescue and relief teams including fire safety teams and more than 15 rescue teams have been kept on stand-by at Rajamahendravaram. Moreover, five more teams are monitoring the situation from West Godavari district which has been severely affected by cyclone Phethai.
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Eastern Naval Command dispatches ships for rescue operation
Eastern Naval Command dispatches Ships Jyoti and Shakti to Kakinada for Cyclone Rescue Operation. INS Shakti with diving, medical teams and Humanitarian Assistance and Distress Relief stores along with a UH3H helicopter is being sailed out from Visakhapatnam to Kakinada, reported ANI.
26000 metric tonnes of agricultural production was damaged in cyclone Phethai
In the meeting, officials said crops in 14000 hectares damaged and over 300 sheep died. Highest rainfall of 160 mm was recorded in Tallarevu. 379 electrical poles were damaged and 146 were restored so far. 26000 metric tonnes of agricultural production was damaged.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu helds review meeting on Pethai Cyclone
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu conducted a review meeting on Pethai Cyclone at Real Time Governance centre at Secretariat on Monday. He said officials should be able to gauge the probable damage basing on wind velocity in advance to take up relief measures immediately.
Panchayat Raj and Rural Development (PR&RD) teams clear drains, roads and sideways
Panchayat Raj and Rural Development (PR&RD) teams along with the disaster teams cleared drains, roads and sideways in the villages affected by the storm. The authorities are constantly monitoring relief efforts from the RTG Command Centre and coordinating with multiple departments to avoid loss of life and property.
Strong winds reach upto 85-90 kmph in Katrenikona
Around 20,000 people have been evacuated at East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, who are being sheltered in relief camps. Strong winds also reach up to 85-90 kmph and uprooted electric poles and trees in Katrenikona Tallarevu and Malkipuram in East Godavari, resulting in the power supply disruption.
Special trains for Secunderabad and Kakinada travellers
South Indian Railways took to Twitter to inform the travellers of Secunderabad and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh amid Cyclone Phethai that special trains are running between the route.
Rainfall in Raipur
As per the weather department's latest report, the cyclone Phethai has resulted in rainfall in Chattisgarh area, Raipur. A Met official said Chhattisgarh is probably to witness light to moderate rainfall over a few places in next 48 hours.
More than 22 trains cancelled
More than 22 trains have been cancelled while several flights have been to Hyderabad as cyclone Phethai makes landfall in Andhra Pradesh. More than 10,000 officials have been kept on vigil to monitor the impact of the storm.
Panchayat Raj and rural development teams help disaster management teams
As coastal regions in Andhra Pradesh have been hit by cyclonic storm Phethai, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development (PR&RD) teams are helping disaster management teams to clean drains and clearing uprooted trees which are blocking traffic at several places.
Andhra Pradesh: Panchayat Raj and Rural Development (PR&RD) teams along the disaster teams clearing drains, roads and sideways in the villages affected by #CyclonePhethai. (Pictures courtesy- PR&RD Minister Nara Lokesh) pic.twitter.com/4ULTYLfoye— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2018
Restoration and relief work underway in villages in Andhra Pradesh
Restoration and relief work is underway at several places in Andhra Pradesh as cyclone Phethai makes landfall. In the photos below, municipal and disaster management teams are carrying out rescue work in villages near coastal regions.
Train schedule gets affected due to cyclone Phethai
As cyclone Phethai makes landfall in Andhra Pradesh, it has caused railway schedule as a couple of trains have been diverted due to the cyclonic storm. According to reports, two trains — Train no. 18645: Howrah Jn-Hyderabad Express
and Train no. 22605: Purulia Jn-Villupuram Jn Express routes have been diverted due to cyclone Phethai.
Trees uprooted in Visakhapatnam, Narsipatnam
Due to heavy rainfall and strong winds, several trees have been uprooted in coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh including Visakhapatnam, Narsipatnam. Municipal authorities are carrying out relief work and clearing roads which have caused traffic due to uprooted trees.
Andhra Pradesh: Trees were uprooted in Visakhapatnam district's Narsipatnam after strong winds and rainfall hit the region. Roads are being cleared by the local administration. #CyclonePhethai pic.twitter.com/PRssp7R1Rr— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2018