Landfall of Gulab -Odisha experienced light to moderate rainfall as cyclone Gulab made landfall at a place in Andhra Pradesh, about 95 kilometres from Gopalpur in the state where a large number of people have been evacuated as a precautionary measure, officials said.
The wind speed of the cyclone is much less in Odisha compared to that in the neighbouring state during landfall.
P K Jena’s statement
Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said after 12 noon of Sunday, the cyclonic storm suddenly picked up speed. It moved over the Bay of Bengal towards the landmass at 25 kilometres per hour (kmph) from the earlier 17 kmph and made the landfall three hours ahead of the expected time.
“Though three hours have passed since the landfall process started at 6 pm, there is so far not much strong wind nor was there heavy rainfall from any parts of Odisha.
The landfall happened at Miduguda and Tokali villages near Kalingapatnam town. This is in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.
During the wind speed of the cyclone at Kalingapatanam was about 90 kmph. It was 30 kmph at Gopalpur in Odisha, he said.The system will enter Odisha’s Koraput district before moving towards Chhattisgarh on Monday.Bhubaneswar Met Centre Director HR Biswas said, “The cyclone has completed landfall. It will enter Odisha”s Koraput district at around midnight and will weaken to a deep depression in the next six hours.”
There is a possibility of extremely heavy rainfall in the districts of Koraput, Rayagada and Gajapati .The wind speed will remain 50 to 60 kmph, Biswas said.
He said that they took many precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incident. “Our officials are on high alert and visiting places to oversee the preparedness,” the SRC said.
High alert regions
Jena said the seven southern districts – Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur . These have been put on high alert as the regions were vulnerable to landslides.
Naveen Patnaik’s stand
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is on a tour to New Delhi, through a video conference. He reviewed set “zero casualty” target . He told the authorities that every life is precious . They should protect them at any cost.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called up Patnaik . He assured him of all support from the Centre to face the challenges posed by cyclone Gulab.
Indian Navy’s stand
Meanwhile The Indian Navy also closely monitored the movement of the cyclone’s landfall. They kept naval ships and aircraft on standby for rescue and relief operations. The Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam and naval officers in charge of Odisha have carried out preparatory activities to combat the effects of the cyclone, according to an official statement.
Meanwhile due to the landfall As many as 42 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF). 24 squads of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)are ready. This is along with about 102 teams of fire brigade personnel. 11 fire service units, six teams of the ODRAF and eight of the NDRF are on standby for emergency purposes.
The state has also taken special measures after the IMD warned of a tidal surge up to half a metre during landfall of the cyclone.
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