Gulab hits the coastal regions of Odisha, Andhra yet again in the month of September

Cyclonic storm Gulab has knocked in the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh. Late in the night, it hit the Gopalpur in Odisha and Visakhapatnam coasts of Andhra Pradesh at a speed of 95 kmph. Six fishermen from Andhra Pradesh went missing in the Bay of Bengal amid high waves in the sea. At the same time, there are reports of damage to many houses and the uprooting of trees. Relief teams have started work in both states in view of the red alert issued by the Meteorological Department.

According to the Meteorological Department, winds were blowing at a speed of 75 to 85 kmph before the storm and there was heavy rain in the coastal areas. The Meteorological Department had already issued a red alert in view of this. Around 5 pm, Gulab was 125 km from Gopalpur in Odisha and 160 km from Kalingapatnam in Andhra. It will cross the coast between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur by midnight.

East Coast Railway has cancelled 34 trains. Apart from this, 13 trains have been rescheduled and 17 trains have been diverted. The bridges and signal operations are being monitored by the Railways. 

Odisha's Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said that the process of landfall of 'cyclonic storm Gulab which started at around 6 pm is still going on. The dark clouds that have covered the sky are expected to move towards the sea in 1-1.5 hours. During this, light to moderate rain may occur in Odisha. 

PK Jena further said that the 'Meteorological Department's report indicates that the rains are likely to increase as the night progresses. The district administration has asked to be vigilant. No major landslides have happened so far. Till 9 pm, around 39,000 people have been evacuated in six districts. 

Earlier, the Meteorological Department had said that the storm would hit between Gopalpur in Odisha and Visakhapatnam coasts of Andhra Pradesh by late night. Five out of six fishermen in a boat jumped into the sea due to strong waves in Andhra's Srikakulam. Three of them swam to the shore, but they say two others died. Another fisherman who was in the boat is said to be missing. 1100 people have been accommodated in 61 relief camps in the city. Joint Collector Sumit Kumar said that the next two hours are important. During this time the wind can blow at a speed of 90 to 100 kmph. Two teams of NDRF and four teams of SDRF have reached the area. 

Naveen Patnaik set a target of zero loss

In view of the threat of Cyclone Gulab, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a meeting at Odisha Bhawan in Delhi today and discussed the necessary precautions. He said that the impact of this storm is likely to be maximum in 10 districts. Patnaik held a virtual meeting with the Chief Secretary and District Collectors of the state. Set a target of zero damage in storm-prone districts.

Five thousand people were evacuated,

Odisha's State Relief Commissioner PK Jena told the media that we have deployed 24 teams of NDRF and 42 teams of ODRF in 11 coastal districts of Odisha. More than 5000 people have been sent to safer places from Gajapati and Ganjam districts. According to a senior Odisha government official, seven districts — Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkajgiri, Nabarangpur and Kandhamal — have been put on high alert as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of a cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal. forecasted. According to the IMD's forecast, the storm is likely to move towards south Odisha and the adjoining Andhra Pradesh coast.

Fishermen warned not to go to sea

High waves will occur in the sea during the next three days and fishermen in Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have been prohibited from venturing into the east-central and northeastern Bay of Bengal region till September 27. Pakistan has named this storm Gulab.  

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