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State on alert, braces for Fani

The cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ (pronounced as ‘Foni’), over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining east Equatorial Indian Ocean moved north northwestwards and lay centred over southeast Bay of Bengal about 870 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1,240 km southeast of Chennai and 1,440km south-southeast of Machilipatnam.

It is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 72 hours and reach north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast by April 30 evening.

As per the weatherman at the Cyclone Warning Centre in Visakhapatnam, there may be light to moderate rain or thunder showers at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema region, in the next 24 hours.

Thunder storms accompanied with gusty winds up to speed of 30 kmph to 40 kmph and lightning is very likely to occur at isolated places in all the districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, the weatherman said.

High alert in Krishna

Officials in Krishna district have been put on high alert. Collector A. Md. Imtiyaz asked officers of various departments to take measures to prevent losses to paddy and horticulture farmers.

He directed the Revenue, Medical and Health, Panchayat Raj, AP Transco, Municipalities, Fisheries, Agriculture and other departments' officials to be on alert. “About 2 lakh tonnes of paddy is expected to arrive during Rabi.

The government has opened about 100 Paddy Purchase Centres and collected 35,000 tonnes of produce. We request the farmers to protect their crop in wake of the cyclone,” Mr. Imtiyaz said.

Review meet

At a review meeting, the Collector directed the officers to arrange flood lights in all MRO offices and keep the Ham Radio operators and sets ready. He asked the Panchayat Raj and municipal officials to fill water in overhead tanks and keep generators ready, if case of failure of power supply. The Irrigation officials were asked to take steps to strengthen the canal bunds.

The Medical department staff were asked to keep necessary medicines ready in all area hospitals, primary and urban health centres in the district.

The Fisheries department officials were asked to ensure that fishermen who entered into sea returned immediately, Mr. Imtiyaz said.

Advice to fishermen

The Srikakulam district administration has urged fishermen not to venture into the sea for next couple of days as rough weather is likely to prevail due to formation of cyclone in the Bay.

District Collector J. Niwas directed the fisheries, revenue and other departments concerned to alert the public from time to time about the weather conditions and latest updates given by Indian Meteorological Department.