Cyclone Helen: high alert in 12 mandals in Krishna district

Krishna district authorities alerted the people in the cyclone-prone 12 mandals where evacuation measures have already been put in place in the wake of the likely landfall of Cyclone Helen on Thursday near Kavali in Nellore district.

A 40-member National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) has been deployed in the peripheral location of the likely fall of Helen in the district.

Two injured

“Among the 14 fishermen whose motorboat capsized in the Bay of Bengal near Sorlagondi on Tuesday, two sustained injuries and were admitted to hospital and the rest were brought home safe on Wednesday,” Krishna district Revenue Officer L. Vijaya Chander told newsmen.

Apart from deploying special officers in the coastal mandals, cyclone centres were kept ready for evacuation of people by Thursday as the wind speed coupled with heavy rainfall is likely to exceed 120 kmph. “Meteorological authorities have predicted that Cyclone Helen could cause more damage than Cyclone Phailin in Krishna district after the storm crosses the coast between Nellore and Kadaluru,” said Mr. Chander.

Krishna district Collector M. Raghunandan Rao has directed the education department officials to announce two days holidays for schools in the coastal mandals based on the weather condition on Thursday.

A control room to address grievances was set up at the Collectorate which can be contacted over phone numbers 08672 252572 and 1700 (toll free). Fishermen were also asked not to venture into the sea till Saturday.

Control rooms opened

The SPDCL has opened Helen Cyclone Control Rooms at circle office and all division offices and deputed the sub engineers as duty operators for monitoring the status of power supply position in the district to enable to meet any eventualities. The control room numbers: Circle office, Vijayawada Town, Gunadala and Vijayawada Rural (0866-2575620, 9440817561); Nuzvid (08656-232746, 9490615606); Gudivada (08674-242703, 9440817573); Machilipatnam (08672-222294, 9440812104); Vuyyuru (08676-233718, 9491054708).

Warning to six mandals

Joint Collector Vivek Yadav instructed the tehsildars of six coastal mandals to be on guard in the wake of Met reports indicating that the depression laying centred over Bay of Bengal could intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24-48 hours.

Mr. Yadav asked the revenue officials of Bapatla, Charlapadu, PV Palem, Nagaram, Nizampatnam and Repalle mandals to be on full alert in view of the cyclone warning. He asked them to open control rooms in every MRO office.

The MROs were asked not to apply for leave during the next two days. Fishermen have also been warned against venturing into the sea.

Control room set up at Collectorate where public can seek help on phone numbers 08672 252572 and 1700 (toll free)

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