Thousands of people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of southern Orissa and northern Andhra Pradesh.
A strong cyclone has hit the east coast of India with strong winds and rain, as thousands of people from three states have been evacuated to shelters.
Heavy rains and strong winds were reported off the coast on Sunday evening, as a tropical storm in the Bay of Bengal triggered a landslide, just four months after another cyclone hit the region, causing devastation.
The Meteorological Department of India tweeted that the cloud cover has reached the coastal areas of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, indicating that the cyclone Rose has started landslides.
The storm with wind speed of 95 kmph (59mph) is expected to cross the coast of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states at midnight (19:30 GMT).
Cloud bands have touched the coastal areas and thus the landslide process has started in the northern coastal Andhra Pradesh and the adjoining southern coastal Orissa. Will cross the coast between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, about 25 km north of Kalingapatnam in the next 3 hours.
– Meteorological Department of India (ndIndiametdept) September 26, 2021
Very heavy rain is expected, the meteorological office said.
Thousands of people have been displaced by the storm in coastal areas of southern Orissa and northern Andhra Pradesh, officials said. Others were advised to avoid rivers and canals and stay at home.
Andhra Pradesh official G Srijana said, “People have been asked to be vigilant as high winds can uproot electricity poles, trees, hoardings and suddenly overflow into canals and streams in the rain.”
Orissa Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said seven districts in the state were on high alert and efforts were underway to evacuate.
In Andhra Pradesh, about 5,000,000 families are expected to be relocated from low-lying areas to temporary relief shelters.
Satya Pradhan, chief of the National Disaster Response Force, said rescue teams of disaster relief workers had been deployed throughout the region.
In May, more than a million people were evacuated from their homes along India’s east coast, after it was blown up to 155km / h (96mph) before being hit by Cyclone Yas – the equivalent of a second-class hurricane.
At least 20 people were killed and thousands displaced, causing massive damage worth more than 2 2 billion in the states of Orissa and West Bengal and neighboring Bangladesh.
Between April and November, cyclones often form in the Bay of Bengal, causing widespread destruction and flooding along the Indian coast.