Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Face Storm and Floods

Coastal areas of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are preparing for some severe weather, , including heavy rainfall and potential floods, as a result of Cyclone Phailin. Indian Meteo has issued a cyclone alert for both states.

The cyclone passed over uninhabited parts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands yesterday, bringing with it torrential rainfall. The cyclone is believed to be gaining in intensity and moving north westerly across the Bay of Bengal. It is expected to reach the Indian mainland in the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in the next 24 to 48 hours. Some forecasters have specified that the cyclone will strike between Paradip in Odisha and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, by the night of Saturday 12th October, 2013.

The state government of Odisha activated its disaster management system and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force has been deployed. The people and government of Odisha have experience of dealing with powerful cyclones, after Cyclone Paradwip struck in 1999. This was one of the most powerful (Category 5) and deadliest cyclones on record, and resulted in the deaths of between 10,000 and 15,000 people.

Andhra Pradesh Strike
The cyclone couldn’t have come at a worse time for the government of Andhra Pradesh. Thousands are currently on strike there, including electricity workers, as a protest against plans to split the state into two, forming a new, separate state of Telangana. The state has been suffering power black outs for 6 days now.

Despite these difficulties, the state’s government put all its departments on high alert. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy attempted to appeal to those on strike, particularly government workers in coastal areas, to return to work to meet any potential emergency.

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Sources: Zee News