Tropical Cyclone Lehar, India

Battered by Phailin, grazed by Helen, Andhra Pradesh now is now bracing itself for yet another tropical cyclone.

Lehar is expected to make landfall near Machillipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, in the afternoon (local time) on 28 November. Some local media claim the cyclone is every bit as strong as Phailin, although other forecasters believe the force of the storm, currently around Category 1, will weaken as it approaches land.

Heavy rainfall is predicted, not only for Andhra Pradesh, but also for southern coastal Odisha and the Yanam district in the northern part of Puducherry. This is likely to hit on 28 November, but continue for at least 24 hours. In preparation, farmers in Odisha have hurriedly gathered their harvest from paddy fields. Some evacuations have already been made, according to the BBC:

Andhra Pradesh relief commissioner Partha Sarathi told the BBC that 150,000 people have been evacuated from 140 coastal villages in east and west Godavari districts.


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