The danger of cyclone 'Gulaab' is increasing, IMD alerts; May hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast on Sunday

New Delhi. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert for cyclone 'Gulaab' in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. According to the Meteorological Department, the low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal has turned into a cyclonic storm 'Gulaab' on Saturday. IMD's Storm Warning Division said that the cyclonic storm is very likely to move westwards and pass between Kalingapatna in northern Andhra Pradesh and the Gopalpur coast of southern Odisha on Sunday evening.

The IMD said, the low-pressure area over northwest and adjoining West Central Bay of Bengal has moved westwards at a speed of 7 kmph during the last six hours and intensified into a cyclonic storm 'Gulaab'. Is. A storm warning has been issued for North Andhra Pradesh and adjoining South Odisha. An orange alert has been issued for the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

The IMD has warned and cautioned, 'Many low-lying areas will be submerged in the identified districts. There is a possibility of flash floods in the hilly areas of the southern region of Odisha. Heavy to very heavy rainfall in urban areas of Ganjam and Puri and extremely heavy rains in some parts may cause waterlogging. The Director-General of IMD has told that the state government has warned about the possibility of flooding of rivers, landslides in some areas.  

It is noteworthy that the warning of very bad weather is given in the form of an Orange Alert and during this, there is a possibility of road and rail traffic closure and power supply disruption.

Winds will move at a speed of 70-80 kph, senior scientist of the Indian Meteorological Department Umashankar Das said that a warning has been issued for Andhra Pradesh and Odisha under the cyclone. It is estimated that Hurricane Gulab will make landfall near Kalingapatnam in South Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh on the evening of 26 September. During this, the winds can move at a speed of 70-80 km per hour.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said the government has sent rescue teams to vulnerable areas and asked officials to evacuate people from low-lying areas. Fire personnel along with 42 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Task Force (ODRAF) and 24 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been sent to seven districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Raigad, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal. 

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. According to the IMD's forecast, the storm can move towards the coast of South Odisha and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

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