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AP Govt gears up to face possible cyclonic storm

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Andhra Pradesh Government has put the entire administration in coastal districts on alert following IMD forecast of extremely heavy rains to heavy rains.

The IMD, in its bulletin, said that the depression over Southwest Bay of Bengal has intensified into a deep depression and it may further intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours is likely to move North – northeastwards, along the coast of Andhra Pradesh.

The IMD predicted rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall may occur over coastal AP during next 48 hours. It also predicted very heavy to heavy rainfall after 12 hours along with coast. Rainfall at many places with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall likely over Rayalaseema districts during next 24 hours.

Squally winds at 55 to 65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would prevail along and off AP coast during 12 hours and speed reaching 65 to 75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph would prevail over the same region during subsequent 24 hour.

Rough to very rough along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 48 hours. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off AP coast during next 48 hours.

The above warning was communicated to all the District Collectors and concerned departments in the State with a request to be on alert and take necessary action as per Standard Operation Procedure (SOP).

A round the clock control room has been opened in Revenue Disaster Management Department at Room No. 421, 3rd floor, North-H Block of AP Secretariat. Control rooms were also opened in all the District Collectorates in the State. (INN)

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