Godavari: As cyclone Phethai made landfall in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Monday afternoon, one person was killed in landslide in Vijayawada city. However, State Disaster Management Authority said that no casualties have been reported from elsewhere so far.
A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in the coastal districts of the state as a precautionary measure. At least 23 passenger trains were cancelled, while one was rescheduled and another partially cancelled as the cyclone moved at a speed of 16 km per hour towards East Godavari district. Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed collectors of coastal regions to take all precautions to prevent loss of lives.
The cyclone crossed the coast of Kakinanda and Machlipatnam between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm. Over 300 villages have been put on high alert in north coastal belt, while about 10,000 state government staff, including 1,000 police personnel, 500 disaster management personnel have been deployed.
According to an official, a severe cyclone, centered around 125 km away from Kakinada, crossed the coast between Yanam and Thuni on Monday. Coastal areas in Eastern Ghats, Pachima Godavari, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts are expected to receive heavy rainfall. Winds at a speed of 80 to 90 km per hour will hit Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.