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Cyclone Gulab Live Updates: The landfall process, which started around 6 pm, is still continuing. The entire cloud mass is expected to move from the seaside to the landside in 1-1.5 hours. Rainfall in Odisha is mild to moderate, informed PK Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha. 

In a tweet posted at 10:17 pm,  the IMD said the cyclone crossed north Andhra Pradesh – south Odisha coasts, about 20 km north of Kalingapatnam during 7:30-8:30 hrs, and lay centered at 8:30 hrs over north coastal Andhra Pradesh.

The cyclone is likely to move west-northwestwards and weaken into a deep depression during next 6 hours. Cyclone Gulab is the second cyclonic storm to hit eastern coast four months after ‘Yaas’ wreaked havoc in Odisha. 

Here are the latest developments on the Cyclone Gulab

Cyclone 'Gulab': Telangana puts Collectors on alert 

Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on today directed all the District Collectors to keep vigil in view of cyclone 'Gulab'. He gave this instruction to the Collectors through a tele-conference from New Delhi. The IMD has predicted heavy rains in the state over the coming two days. Therefore, Kumar directed the officials to open special control room in all the districts and to monitor the situation in the event of floods, an official release said here. 

As the Met Department issued a red alert to north Telangana and an orange alert to south Telangana districts, the Chief Secretary directed the officials to work in coordination with police and other departments.

Rainfall in Odisha is mild to moderate

The landfall process, which started around 6 pm, is still continuing. The entire cloud mass is expected to move from the seaside to the landside in 1-1.5 hours. Rainfall in Odisha is mild to moderate, informs PK Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha.

Odisha: Rainfall likely to increase, 39,000 people evacuated 

Rainfall is likely to increase as the night progresses. District administration impressed upon to maintain vigil. No major landslides have happened so far. As of 9 pm, about 39,000 people have been evacuated in 6 districts: PK Jena, SRC, Odisha

Two reported dead as cyclone slams into eastern India

Two fishermen were reported dead after a cyclone packing strong winds and rains barreled into India's east coast late Sunday, forcing the evacuation of more than 200,000 people in three states to shelters, reported AFP. 

Cyclones are a regular menace in the northern Indian Ocean but many scientists say they are becoming more frequent and severe as climate change warms sea temperatures.

Three fishermen swam to shore, two others died and a sixth person from the vessel were still missing, the Indian Express added.

There were also early reports of trees being uprooted as the cyclone hit a coastal district in Andhra Pradesh.

IMD added that Gulab was forecast to gradually weaken in the next few hours.

IMD forecasts heavy rain in south Bengal

Heavy rain is likely to pound most of the districts in southern West Bengal on Tuesday due to a low-pressure area that is developing in the Bay of Bengal, as per IMD. A cyclonic circulation is likely to emerge near the Myanmar coast on Monday and under its influence, a low-pressure area will be developed in the subsequent 24 hours. Heavy rain is likely in one or two places in Kolkata, Purba and Paschim Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas, Purba and Paschim Bardhaman, Howrah, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia districts on Tuesday. On Wednesday, heavy rain is likely in one or two places in Paschim Bardhaman, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia districts. 

The landfall process, which commenced at around 6 pm, will continue for the next 2-3 hours over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining South Coastal Odisha, says IMD. 

Cyclone Gulab: 5 fishermen fall in sea after strong waves hit their boat

Cyclone Gulab: Five fishermen from Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam fell in the sea after strong waves hit their boat off Mandasa coast while returning from the sea this evening. Police & other officials are trying to rescue them, says Govindarao, Sub Inspector, Vajrapukotturu PS.

Cyclone Gulab: Next 2 hours crucial, says Srikakulam Jt. Collector

Next 2 hours are crucial. We expect winds to blow at the speed of 90-100 km/h. Two teams of NDRF & 4 teams of SDRF have arrived here. Heavy rainfall could lead to floods, which is another challenge. 19 mandals in the district are flood prone: Srikakulam Jt. Collector Sumit Kumar 

Cyclone Gulab: Naval ships, aircraft on standby for rescue ops

The Indian Navy has kept naval ships and aircraft on standby for rescue and relief operations. Gulab is likely to cross between Gopalpur in Odisha's Ganjam district and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh around midnight.

The Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam and naval officers in charge of Odisha have carried out preparatory activities to combat the effects of the cyclone. The Navy is in constant liaison with the state administrations for rendering assistance as required and closely monitoring the movement of the cyclonic storm. 

NDRF conducts mock drill of rescue, relief ops in Andhra's Kalingapatnam

Ahead of Cyclone Gulab's landfall, the NDRF conducted a mock drill of rescue and relief operations in the Bandaruvanipeta village of Andhra Pradesh. NDRF team commander, Sushant Kumar Behera said, "Our team has briefed the people about the preparedness. People with physical disabilities, old and children have already been sent to the cyclone shelter homes."

"Gulab is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur as a cyclonic storm by midnight today. The landfall process will commence from the evening of today," tweeted the IMD.

Cyclone Gulab likely to cross Andhra, Odisha coasts by midnight

'Cyclone Gulab' is likely to move westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha as a cyclonic storm by today midnight, says IMD. "Gulab is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur as a cyclonic storm by midnight today. The landfall process will commence from the evening of today."

PM Modi speaks to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik 

PM Modi says he discussed the cyclone situation in parts of Odisha with CM Naveen Patnaik. “The Centre assures all possible support in overcoming this adversity. Praying for the safety and well-being of everybody," tweets PM Modi.

Odisha sets ‘zero casualty’ target

Cyclone ‘Gulab’: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has set a “zero casualty" target in the vulnerable districts, where rainfall activity started in the southern and coastal regions under the influence of the weather system. The cyclone is likely to make landfall between Gopalpur and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh around midnight.

Taking the stock of the preparedness, Patnaik said all efforts should be made to protect each and every person in the seven identified districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri. During his discussion with the collectors of 11 districts, he said that the cyclone’s trajectory is located in an “unconventional region", and the authorities should take extra precaution.

Though the coastal belt of the state has encountered numerous cyclones earlier, the natural phenomenon is new for people in the seven districts.“The CM has appealed to the people to remain indoors, particularly in pucca houses from Sunday evening till 10 am of Monday during which the cyclone will pass through the region," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena told reporters.

Rainfall forecast for today

Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh. Heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places is also likely over Telangana and heavy falls at isolated places over north interior Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

PM Modi speaks to Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he spoke to Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and took stock of the situation arising in the wake of Cyclone Gulab. "Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being," the PM tweets. 

Cyclone Gulab's landfall to start from today evening

IMD: 'Cyclone Gulab' is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, as a cyclonic storm by midnight today. Landfall to start from today evening.

Cyclone Gulab: 24 NDRF teams, 103 State fire services to be deployed

For Cyclone Gulab, 42 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams, 24 NDRF teams, and 103 State fire services to be deployed. Evacuation work is also underway, says Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena.

Cyclone Gulab likely to make landfall from late evening 

'Cyclone Gulab' is currently located 180 km southeast of Gopalpur. Most likely it will make landfall from late evening to midnight, between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha. We'll get a much clearer picture in next 2-3 hours about its path and exact time of landfall, it's expected around midnight...we are anticipating about 70-80 km windspeed with heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy in some places, says Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena.

Cyclone Gulab: Pipili bypoll candidates asked to take safety measures during campaigning

Cyclone Gulab: The Returning Officer (RO) of the Pipili Assembly seat in Puri district has suggested to all the candidates in the fray for the 30 September bypoll to take appropriate precautionary measures during their campaigning in view of cyclone Gulab which will make landfall on Sunday night. In a letter to all the 10 candidates, Puri Additional District Magistrate-cum RO said: "You are, therefore, requested to take appropriate measures during campaign and conduct meeting in pucca buildings and if at all necessary, the tent house should be made to resist the wind speed."

-"Cyclonic Storm 'Gulab' over Northwest and adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal: Cyclone warning and post-landfall outlook for north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts - Red Message: Gulab is about 180 km East-Southeast of Gopalpur and 240 km East-northeast of Kalingapatnam," IMD tweeted.

- CM Naveen Patnaik: I had a meeting over 'Cyclone Gulab' at Odisha Bhavan, which is expected tonight in around 10 districts of the state; discussed necessary precautions to be taken.

-IMD informed that Gulab is expected to cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts around midnight on Sunday.

- Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, and Naval Officers-in-Charge Odisha Area have carried out preparatory activities to combat the effects of Cyclone and is in constant liaison with the State Administrations for rendering assistance as required.

-Flood Relief Teams and Diving Teams are prepositioned at Odisha and are ready at Visakhapatnam to render immediate assistance. Two Naval ships are at sea with Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) material and medical teams to render assistance in the most affected areas. 

-Naval aircraft are kept ready at Naval Air Stations, INS Dega at Visakhapatnam and INS Rajali near Chennai to undertake an aerial survey of the most affected areas, casualty evacuation, and airdrop of relief material as required.

"At 08.30 hours IST of today, 'Gulab' over northwest and adjoining the west-central Bay of Bengal, centred near 18.4°N/86.4°E. To cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, as a CS around mid-night of today," IMD said in another tweet.

-The intensity of the cyclone Gulab will be similar to that of ‘Titli’, which battered Odisha in 2018.

-Ganjam is expected to be severely affected by the cyclonic storm, and 15 rescue teams have been deployed in that area alone.

-As many as 42 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 24 squads of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), along with about 102 teams of fire brigade personnel, have been dispatched to the seven districts -- Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Kandhamal, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said.

-Malkangiri, Nowrangpur, Koraput, Puri, Kalahandi and neighbouring districts will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall activity. Wind warnings have mainly been issued to Ganjam and Gajapati districts along the coast, according to IMD.

-Authorities in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh have prepared a plan of action to possibly shift about 86,000 families from low-lying areas to cyclone relief shelters.

-Two teams of NDRF have been deployed in Srikakulam district, which is expected to have more impact of the cyclone, and another in Visakhapatnam. An SDRF team has also been positioned in Visakhapatnam for emergency response.

-Under the influence of cyclone 'Gulab' and the developing weather system, rain and thundershower with lightning are very likely to occur at "many places" in south Bengal on Sunday and Monday, and "most places" on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

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