The district administration is making all efforts to ensure that no lives are lost and minimum damage is caused to properties due to Cyclone Lehar that is expected to cross the coast between Machilipatnam and Kalingapatnam near Kakinada on the afternoon of November 28, District Collector S. Suresh Kumar said here on Tuesday.

The wind speed is expected to be about 170-180 kmph during the cyclone in parts of the district on Thursday with warnings of heavy rain in most parts of North Coastal Andhra.

The intensity of the cyclone is expected to be severe aided by north-westerly monsoon winds.

Mr. Suresh Kumar told reporters that revenue and police personnel have been asked to stay on guard in coastal mandals. The administration has identified 13,687 families to be evacuated from 12 villages, if necessary.

NDRF team at Repalle

Teams have been formed from Panchayat Raj Department, Roads and Buildings Department and SPDCL to ensure that road blocks are removed. A battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been stationed at Repalle while a team from State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was also deployed.

On the payment of relief compensation to those affected by heavy rains in the last week of October, the Collector said that 6,814 persons have been given 10 kg of rice and a compensation of Rs.10,000 each. Fishermen families and those from handloom community would also be given rice soon, he said.

Detailed enumeration of crop loss would be completed next week and it was estimated that 57,800 of standing crops in Krishna Western Delta has been affected during Cyclone Helen.

He also said that 10,000 metric tonnes of rice was available to be sent to ration depots soon.

District Revenue Officer K. Naga Babu was present.

The administration has identified 13,687 families to be evacuated from 12 villages, if necessary