Cyclone Gulab: Cyclonic storm weakens into deep depression; 2 fishermen killed in Andhra Pradesh
Two fishermen died after they fell in the sea after strong waves hit their boat off Mandasa coast.
Cyclone 'Gulab' started making landfall on Sunday evening, triggering heavy rains along with strong winds over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south coastal Odisha.
Two fishermen died after they fell in the sea after strong waves hit their boat off Mandasa coast. A total of six fishermen from Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam were venturing into the sea and three reached ashore safely and one fisherman is still missing. Rescue operation by the Indian Navy is underway.
However, the Indian Meteorological Department said the cyclonic storm has weakened into deep depression and is likely to weaken further.
Andhra Pradesh and Odisha were badly hit as heavy rains flooded houses at Housing Board Colony near Pedagantyada of Gajuwaka in Vizag city.
The electricity supply in parts of the Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam district snapped due to the cyclonic storm.
Cyclone Gulab is the second to hit Odisha, merely four months after it was struck by Cyclone Yaas. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said efforts are on in the seven high-risk districts - Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri to ensure no casualties due to the cyclone.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Odisha CM Patnaik and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and assured of all possible help from the Centre. "Discussed the cyclone situation in parts of Odisha with CM @Naveen_Odisha Ji. The Centre assures all possible support in overcoming this adversity," PM Modi tweeted.
The IMD has warned fishermen from venturing out in the sea as over the next three days, the sea condition will be rough to very rough. Fishermen in Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have been asked to not venture into east-central and adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.