The fishing activity along the Andhra Pradesh coast has comes to a halt for the past two days, owing to incessant rainfall due to vigorous North East monsoon.
The Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre authorities on Tuesday warned the fishermen from venturing into sea for fishing. Wind speed is likely to be between 50 kmph and 55 kmph, along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh due to influence of well-marked low-pressure area over Southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining North Tamil Nadu.
"The fishermen hence have been advised not to venture into the sea for next 24 hours”, say weathermen. Nearly 200 boats including mechanised boats operating along the Machilipatnam coast have been anchored at the Gilakaladindi harbour and off the Nagayalanka coast since Sunday.
“The fishing activity has been voluntarily stopped by the fishermen as advised by the weathermen. The boat operators have been advised to stop the fishing activity till Wednesday evening, citing unfavourable weather conditions over the sea”, Fisheries Department Deputy Director A. Solman Raju told The Hindu.
He also confirmed that there was no report of missing of any boat along the Machilipatnam coast. On the other hand, repeated spells of rainfall has led to inundation of low-lying areas in Krishna District headquarters Machilipatnam, where 9 cm rainfall was recorded by Tuesday morning.
According to report by the meteorological authorities, highest rainfall of 14 cm in Krishna District was recorded in Avanigadda while Gudivada and Vuyyuru received 10 cm and 6 cm rainfall respectively. However, at least 5 cm rainfall was reported in Vijayawada city.
“The two-day rainfall reported across the Krishna district may have little impact on the standing paddy crop. The standing crop will get damaged if winds continue for the next few days”, said Agriculture Department officials.