Cyclone Yaas may hit AP in two days; Govt sets up helplines

Under the influence of a low pressure area formed over East Central Bay of Bengal, heavy rainfall has been reported from isolated places in Krishna, West Godavari, Prakasam, Kadapa, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts since the weekend began. Meanwhile, the low pressure area formed over East Central Bay of Bengal is likely to develop into a depression and thereafter, cyclone and a very severe cyclone by May 25. 
The Cyclone Warning Centre in Visakhapatnam has informed that on May 23, Cyclone Yaas with a wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely along and off Andhra Pradesh coast. 
According to the MeT Department, the wind speed is expected to increase to 50-60 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph today. On 25 May, gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph and gusting to 80 kmph is likely along and off Andhra Pradesh coast. On May 26, the wind speed is likely to gust upto 85 kmph. 
Fishermen have been advised to not to venture into the sea until further information. The Indian Navy is closely monitoring the movement of the cyclone. Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, and Naval Officers-in-Charge at West Bengal and Odisha areas have carried out preparatory activities to combat the effects of Cyclone ‘Yaas’ and are in constant liaison with the state administrations for rendering assistance.   
As part of the preparedness, eight flood relief teams and four diving teams are positioned at Odisha and West Bengal to augment the existing resources. Four naval ships are on standby with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) bricks, diving, and medical teams to render assistance in the Odisha and West Bengal coast. 
Naval aircraft are kept ready at Naval Air Stations, INS Dega at Visakhapatnam and INS Rajali near Chennai to undertake an aerial survey, evacuation, and airdrop relief material.  
Visakhapatnam district Collector V. Vinay Chand said that a control room has been set up at the Visakhapatnam Collector’s office for assistance due to the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. Control Room Numbers - 0891-2590102, 0891-2590100.
Though Met department forecasted thunder storms for next four days in their evening bulletin over the weekend, in view of the brewing cyclone in the Bay of Bengal is likely to make landfall between North Odisha, West Bengal or Bangladesh on May 26, the revised forecast issued on Saturday stated that thunderstorm with lightning is very likely to occur at isolated places over south coastal districts and Rayalaseema on Sunday and in south coastal districts on Monday. 
Additionally, the government has set up helplines for citizens to monitor and track connectivity, power and communication failures that shall be reported in the aftermath of the Cyclone. 
Most importantly, from tomorrow for the next three days, day time temperatures are likely to be 2-4 degrees Celsius above normal in isolated places across the state.    

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