Andhra Pradesh coast braces for another cyclone

Andhra Pradesh on Sunday sounded a high alert in the coastal region as a cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal was heading towards it and was likely to cross the region between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam on Monday.

The presence of Cyclonic storm “Phethai” over Southwest Bay of Bengal, cloud cover has increased over the state during the last 24-36 hours. 

The deep depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclone and is expected to make landfall between East Godavari-Northern Coast region of AP. RTGS is constantly tracking the movement. Citizens are requested to stay alert and take precautions

According to Visakhapatnam Cyclone Monitoring Centre and AP RTG, 'Phethai' will intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm over the next few hours and weaken slightly before making a landfall on Monday afternoon.

The Cyclone Warning Centre has warned that the cyclone could likely damage places in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry at the time of landfall and and low lying areas near the sea are likely to get inundated.

Permanent and temporary shelters have been kept ready for shifting the people evacuated from the low lying areas in coastal villages.

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