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Andhra Pradesh on high alert, CM postpones visits

‘The cyclonic system will intensify further and move west-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machillipatnam and Kalingapatnam near Kakinada on 28 November at around 12 noon,’ said C Parthasarathy, commissioner AP disaster management department.

Keeping high severity and seriousness of the incoming cyclonic storm, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy postponed his Tuesday’s visit to the areas in East and West Godavari severely hit by the cyclone Helen just three days back. ‘The CM’s visit has been postponed to November 29 or 30,’ said a communique issued by chief minister’s office.

The chief minister on Tuesday directed the administration to keep high alert and preparedness ahead of the cyclone Lehar crossing the state coast.

As extensive and sever damage over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and other coastal predicted, Kiran Reddy directed chief secretary PK Mohanty to take preventive measures including evacuation of people to safety in the districts including Krishna, East and West Godavari.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said moderate rainfall at many places would commence from Wednesday afternoon over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha. Intensity would gradually increase with rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls over north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Thursday and isolated heavy rainfall over south Odisha and south coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would commence along and off Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from Wednesday evening.
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