Heavy rains lash Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Phethai set to hit the southern state


VISAKHAPATNAM: Heavy rains accompanied by squally winds lashed parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Phethai finally made landfall in the state. Meanwhile government has urged the people to be careful.  Phethai has made landfall between Narsapur and Kakinada. 

Authorities have sounded red alert in seven out of nine coastal districts and opened over 300 relief camps to provide shelter to people evacuated from coastal villages and low-lying areas. The IMD has called for a total suspension of fishing operations along and off Andhra Pradesh coast on Sunday and Monday. Rescue personnel on leave have been called back.

A person identified as Durga Rao (40), a resident of Christhurajanpuram died due to a landslide early on Monday, the police said. According to the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, severe Cyclone Phethai over Bay of Bengal moved North West with the speed of 19 kmph is about 60km South East of Narsapur & 85 km South West of Kakinada.

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