Cyclone Jawad likely to hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Coast today
The Cyclone Jawad is likely to reach north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha today. Talking to AIR News, IMD DG Mritunjay Mahapatra said that the cyclonic storm is likely to reach Andhra Pradesh and Odisha around noon today.
Coastal districts of Odisha have been experiencing rainfall since the last night due to the impact of Jawad. According to meteorological department, the rainfall and wind intensity will increase as the cyclonic storm approaches the Odisha coast.
AIR correspondent reports, The Indian meteorological department has issued red warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall and even extremely heavy rainfall at a few places today in districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri and Jagatsinghpur.
Accordingly, the local administration of these districts along with all the coastal and nearby districts have been asked to plan for evacuation of people from kuchha houses and low lying areas to safer shelters nearby, so as to complete the process by noon today.
About 300 rescue and relief teams have been positioned at vulnerable locations across the coastal districts which are likely to be impacted more by heavy rainfall and winds gusting up to 110 kilometres today and tomorrow.
People have also been cautioned against storm surges between half to 1 m above the normal astronomical tides that may inundate low lying areas of the coastal districts.
As a precautionary measure, while the state government has ordered closure of schools in 19 districts for today, it has also ordered fishing ban in the entire Odisha coast and the Chilika Lake which has already come into force till tomorrow.