Cyclone Phethai: Indian Navy Dispatches 2 Ships

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Godavari: As Andhra Pradesh reels under severe cyclonic storm Phethai, the Indian Navy on Monday aided the rescue operations by dispatching ships and helicopters with relief materials.

The Eastern Naval Command dispatched two ships – Jyoti and Shakti – to Kakinada for the rescue operation, while INS Shakti with diving and medical teams, humanitarian assistance and distress relief stores along with a UH3H helicopter is also being sailed out from Visakhapatnam to Kakinada.

Cyclone Phethai crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast in East Godavari district, causing widespread rains, uprooting trees, paralyzing transport and damaging crops. The cyclone made the landfall near Katrinekonda in East Godavari district with a wind speed of 80 kmph and re-emerged into the Bay of Bengal before crossing the coast between Kakinada and Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in the same district.