Lehar cyclone - updates

Published: Wednesday 27 November 2013

Lehar cyclone - updates

  • Lehar has crossed Andhra coast at wind speed of 50-60 km/hr gusting to 70 km/hr.

  • Weakened Lehar is close to the coast and is expected to cross the coast in about an hour, said IMD

  • Winds blowing from central India, low winter temperature of water near the coast and wind shear has resulted in weakening of Lehar, said G Sudhakar Rao, scientist & director in-charge, Metrorological Centre, Hyderabad

  • According to IMD, Squally winds speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off Andhra Pradesh during next 12 hours.

  • Cyclonic storm ‘Lehar’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal has weakened into a ‘deep depression’

  • The cyclone was initially predicted to be a very severe one with windspeed 170-180 km/hr gusting up to 200 km/hr. Heavy losses had been predicted

  • Around 5.30 am today, it was located at 120 km east-southeast of Machillipatnam and 160 km south of Kakinada.

  • The storm would move west-northwestwards and weaken further as it would cross Andhra Pradesh coast near Machillipatnam as a depression by today afternoon.

  • Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 24 hours

  • Intensity of the storm reduced; speed of the winds will be 70-80 km/hr, gusting upto 100 km/hr

  • Districts likely to be severely affected: Krishna, East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur

  • Other districts that will be affected: Visakhapatnam, Prakasam, Nellore, Vizainagaram, Srikakulam

  • Population likely to be affected : 1,916,218

  • Number of people to be evacuated, if required: 119,567

  • People evacuated: 27,348

  • Number of relief camps opened : 103

  • NDRF teams deployed: 30

  • 4 helicopters on standby

  • Three columns of Army positioned

  • The coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh are on high alert and special officers have been appointed for the nine coastal districts

  • IMD has recommended total suspension of fishing operations and warned people in affected areas to remain indoors

  • Following change in location of Lehar's landfall from Kakinada in East Godavari district to Machillipatnam in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh authorities are hurrying to redeploy rescue teams

  • "Now we will be focusing on three districts, Krishna and the two Godavari districts," says C Parthasarathi, commissioner, the state disaster management department

  • So far 15,000 people have been moved to safer places in East Godavari district



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