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‘Lehar’ likely to hit Andhra today

Under the influence of the system, rainfall at many places would commence from Thursday  evening over coastal Andhra Pradesh, an official bulletin said here on Wednesday.

The officials of the coastal districts have planned to evacuate about 2.50 lakh people to safer places, official sources said.

The intensity of the system would gradually increase at most places with heavy to very heavy downpour at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall over coastal Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on 29 November.

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

It would increase in intensity with gale wind speed reaching 150-160 kmph gusting to 170 kmph along and off coastal districts of Guntur, Krishna, West and East Godavari and Vishakhapatnam and 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph over Vizianagaram and Prakasham districts at the time of landfall.

Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would prevail along and off remaining districts of Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.

The state of sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast will be rough to very rough from Wednesday evening and will become phenomenal tomorrow along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh, it added.

All help to AP, Odisha: Centre

NEW DELHI: As cyclone ‘Lehar’ approaches eastern coastline, the centre has assured all help to AP and Odisha to deal with the situation and sent National Disaster Response Force personnel to help the local authorities. Union home secretary Anil Goswami reviewed the situation arising out of the approaching cyclone with National Disaster Management Authority, India Meteorological Department and all authorities concerned and directed them to offer all possible assistance to the two states.
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