Cyclone Vardah has turned into a severe storm and is moving at a speed of 22 kmph, in the sea, in East-North-West direction. It is at present centered at 760 km off Machilipatnam coast. Already strong winds at a rate of 40 kmph are blowing in coastal regions in AP. Meteorological officials said that if it continues in this fashion, Vardah Cyclone is expected to cross Andhra Pradesh coast Nellore and Machilipatnam on 12th December noon. AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday placed a review meeting at CM house on the day and directed the officials to take all precautionary measures. The administrative machinery in SPS Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna districts on high alert to meet any eventuality.
And also CM Chandrababu Naidu conducted a teleconference with officials of various departments this morning and directed them to take all precautionary measures.
“I have cancelled my trip to the Gulf (scheduled to begin tomorrow). I will constantly monitor the situation,” he told the officials.
Cyclone Andhra Coast
The cyclone is currently 840 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam. The sea continued to be very rough around the Andhra coast, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. Vardah moved west-northwestwards in the past few hours at the speed of 17 kmph. The system is very likely to move west-northwestwards and intensify further during the next 24 hours, the NDMA said.
“The cyclonic storm is very likely to maintain its peak intensity up to evening of December 11, 2016,” NDMA added. According to the weather forecast, the cyclone may make a landfall somewhere between Kavali and Machilipatnam and under its impact rainfall is likely in the south coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh.
“Keep adequate stocks of food and also cash. Electricity poles and cement should also be kept ready for any emergency,” the Chief Minister directed the officials.
Vardah Cyclone Rescue operations
“We have kept four teams of National Disaster Response Force ready while four senior IAS officers are being deputed to these districts to oversee the rescue operations,” he told a press meeting, after a cyclone alerts video-conference with district Collectors and various officials.
“The intensity of Vardah may not be as high as Hudhud, which battered Visakhapatnam in October 2014. Nevertheless, we are taking all precautions to minimise the damage, if any. We are taking the help of ISRO to track the cyclonic progression and accordingly we are taking all necessary emergency measures,” he added.
Cyclone Vardah helpline Vijayawada number 0866-2488000 has been circulated for the people to contact the officials. Krishna district helpline numbers 0867-2252572 and 1077 and Visakhapatnam emergency toll-free number is 18004250001.